Eden Hazard unwittingly reveals Zinedine Zidane tapped him up for Real Madrid transfer in 2016. The Belgian moved to Spain earlier in the summer.
Eden Hazard spent glorious years in England with Chelsea and left as a Blues legend. In his time with the club he helped them win multiple trophies including 2 Europa League titles and 2 Premier leagues. His journey with Chelsea ended after Real Madrid splashed £89m to bring him to the Spanish Capital earlier this summer.
However, in an interview with L’Equipe, Eden Hazard made the revelation that talks of the possibility over his move began as early as 2016 when Zinedine Zidane called him up. The self-confessed Zidane fanatic was left in wonder and amazement after the call.
Eden Hazard unwittingly reveals Zinedine Zidane tapped him up for Real Madrid transfer in 2016
“I have not spoken a lot with him,” Hazard said. “The first time was at Euro 2016 in France. He had called me. He said to me: ‘It would be good if you come.’
“When Zidane calls you, it is serious. Honestly, that is something, he has this power over me. He did not do my head in in the middle of the Euros.
“He just said to me that he was watching me. To have a good Euros and to produce what I can do.
“‘We will meet up one day if you come to Madrid,’ he said. It always stayed in my head. It was always a dream to play for Real.”
“After the 2018 World Cup, I had wanted to come,” he said. “The bosses at Chelsea said no. I had to do one year with Sarri and I didn’t want to leave Chelsea on bad terms. I tried to do my best.”
Hazard then spoke about his time at Stamford Bridge with fondness.
“I am no longer the same player at at Chelsea. I arrived as a young talent. Twice the best player in Ligue 1.
“In England, they know who you are but they don’t give you marks for that. You have to show it.
“I passed six great years. The third year, with Mourinho, was more complicated. I played bad matches but there were good seasons and consistency. And I left as one of the best in the world, recognised as such by the others.
“I am proud of that. Chelsea allowed me to be who I am.”
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