Eden Hazard will top Real Madrid’s transfer wish list next summer after club President Florentino Perez decreed that the ten-time European Champions should make every effort to sign him.
Hazard, 24, has been a target for Real Madrid for some time and is now they believe they can exploit the apparent schism that has appeared between player and club. Hazard, who has been poor this season by anyone’s standards, let alone his Player of the Year award winning exploits last term, was dropped for Chelsea 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Hazard signed for Chelsea from Lille in 2012 with Chelsea’s Champions League victory weeks earlier inspiring him to turn down a move to Manchester United. Last season was by far his best as he helped the Blues win the Premiership title for the first time in four years with himself getting the winning goal against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the game that secured it.
Despite signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2019, Hazard remains a Real Madrid target and speculation is only made worse by Zinedine Zidane, believed to be Hazard’s childhood idol, working at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real’s youth coach. Zidane has himself spoken of his admiration for the Belgian.
Real Madrid have a long history of paying huge money for the Premiership’s best players with David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all leaving England for the Spanish capital in the recent past. Jose Mourinho said in 2014 that anyone wishing to sign Hazard would have to pay £150 million.