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Chelsea launch new kit with Eden Hazard front of campaign despite contract uncertainty

Blues reveal new strip with red and white flashes with the match jersey setting fans back £90 - but will it be on show in the Champions League or Europa League?

Chelsea have used Eden Hazard to front the launch of their new 2018/19 kit – despite uncertainty over his future at the club.

Hazard has yet to commit himself to Stamford Bridge by signing a new contract amid interest from Real Madrid.


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Eden Hazard was used to spearhead the release of the new Chelsea strip despite uncertainty over his future

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Eden Hazard was used to spearhead the release of the new Chelsea strip despite uncertainty over his future

But the Belgium captain was front and centre of the promotional shots Chelsea used as they revealed their new look for next season.

The Nike designed strip is a bold look with red and white flashes across the front of the jersey.

Fans looking to buy the top-spec Match Home jersey will have to fork out £89.95 to look like their heroes.

And the Stadium Home replica shirt will cost £64.95 as supporters face having to dig deep into their pockets.

Hazard leads Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses in modelling the new home strip

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Hazard leads Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses in modelling the new home strip

But the club are yet to discover whether they will be wearing the new strip in the Champions League next season or in the Europa League instead.

Antonio Conte’s side are two points adrift of Liverpool in fourth, and know they need to win their final match of the campaign at Newcastle to have any chance of stealing the final Champions League place.

With a better goal difference, even a draw will be enough for Liverpool in their final home match against Brighton – so the Blues are praying for Jurgen Klopp’s side to slip to defeat on Sunday.

PFA and Football Writers' Association player of the year Fran Kirby in the new Chelsea strip

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PFA and Football Writers’ Association player of the year Fran Kirby in the new Chelsea strip

The Blues will be wearing the new kit when the face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday as they hope for the result that will avoid them dropping into the Europa League.

The club based the new design on popular kits from the 1980s and 1990s, as they give a nod to their history before Roman Abramovich took charge.

And they also used PFA and Football Writers’ Association womens player of the year Fran Kirby to market the design – and indication of the growth of the female game in this country.

While the design drew a mixed reaction on social media, the main talking point was the inclusion of Hazard.

Does this mean he’s staying put?