Hazard to Real Madrid could become a reality next season as Madrid are still keeping tabs on the Chelsea star.
Eden Hazard was linked with a move away from Chelsea all summer with Real Madrid being a prospective destination, especially after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus nearly two months back. The Belgian has made no secret of his desire to play for Los Merengues and flirted with the club on several occasions regarding a probable transfer.
However, a few weeks ago he confirmed that he will stay at Chelsea this season. But the Blues remain fearful of losing him next year should they not qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. They are already in the UEFA Europa League this season and the Belgian winger is certain to not play in Europe’s second tiered competition on a regular basis.
“For the moment, I am happy,” said Hazard. “I have two more years of contract and we will see what will happen. Leave this year? I will not leave. I’m fine at Chelsea and we’ll see what happens in a year or two.” With his statements it is clear that the 27 year old has still left the door open for a Real Madrid transfer sometime in the future.
There is an offer worth a salary of 300,000 pounds per week for Hazard on the table at Chelsea but money clearly does not look like a problem for the Belgian.
He is clear about his desire for wanting to play and win the Champions League and he’s stated that if that does not look likely at Chelsea, he will go elsewhere with Real Madrid the best suitable option that lies in front of him.
Chelsea did start the season on a positive note having won four matches in four from the Premier League under new boss Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli coach has imposed an attractive style of passing and possession based football at the club and it has done the job in a pragmatic way so far for the Blues. Hazard is one of several players who have flourished in the system.
“We just need to play quicker move forward quicker, the manager doesn’t like it when we just keep the ball at the back,” the Belgian said after scoring in a tough 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
“He wants the ball moving forward so we are trying to do this in training and also when we have a game. I think the big change this season is we just try to keep the ball more often that’s why we have more of the ball and create more chances and are scoring goals but it is only four games with the new manager so we will see at the end of the season. We can improve of course. Today we didn’t concede a goal – that is a good point. We scored two but we should score maybe more, like always I want to say. But I think also we can move the ball quicker in the first half especially we were a bit slower so we can improve. But we have the confidence to play now with the international break we can rest a bit for some of the players and then we will be back because we have a lot of hard games when we come back.”
Chelsea will be hoping for the best and keeping in mind that they might have to resign for Hazard leaving for cheap next year due to failure in achieving Champions League football. The Belgian will have only one year on his contract with the Blues should he choose to not renew and that might lead to another Thibaut Courtois type of case for Chelsea.