‘There’s nothing in the reports’: Eden Hazard plays down speculation that there is already a deal in place for him to leave Chelsea and join Real Madrid
- Eden Hazard has played down speculation of a move to Real Madrid this summer
- The La Liga side have been long-time admirers of the Chelsea star and want him
- Hazard will enter the final year of his contract in June and Real are set to pounce
- He denies there is any negotiations ongoing though while on duty with Belgium
The La Liga giants have been long-time admirers of the Chelsea star and hope to finally strike a deal to bring him to the Bernabeu at the end of this season.
Hazard will enter the final year of his contract in London in June and reports suggest Real are set to launch another bid in the coming weeks.
Eden Hazard has played down talk that he already has a deal in place to join Real Madrid
Currently on international duty with Belgium, Hazard denied that there is an agreement in place with Real and insisted he is not focused on his future at present.
‘There’s nothing in the reports,’ he said in a pre-match press conference. ‘I’m only focused on [Sunday’s] game against Cyprus. That’s all I’m thinking about.’
Hazard is expected to earn his 100th international appearance for Belgium in Nicosia but claimed he will not treasure any reward for the occasion.
‘It would have been nicer to be playing in Belgium but the calendar determined otherwise,’ he added.
‘I’m happy that in my 28th year I have reached the milestone. It has been a great experience to date and hopefully it will not end just yet. I’m still feeling good and still have a lot of pleasure to wear the (Belgian) shirt.
‘What am I going to do with it? I fear it will land up in my garage along with the trophies that I’ve won.’
The La Liga giants have been long-time admirers of the Chelsea and Belgium attacker
However, according to Sky Sports earlier this week, doubts about Real’s chances of securing Hazard’s services have crept in following the rejection of a £60million bid earlier this month, prompting them to assess other options.
Sky sources understand that the West Ham’s Felipe Anderson is high on Madrid’s list with Chelsea even more reluctant to cash in on prized asset Hazard after being handed a transfer ban.
New Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is eager to strengthen his side in the summer and will take a closer look at Anderson over the coming months despite Hazard topping their wishlist in a recent fan poll.
It is believed that West Ham would be more than willing to allow the forward to leave should Madrid meet their demands, which are almost double what they paid for him last year.
Zidane will also target moves for Christian Eriksen and Sadio Mane as well in the summer window.