According to The Times Chelsea star Eden Hazard has rejected a new deal with the Stamford Bridge side.
The Premier League champions wants to tie Hazard down to a new contract despite his current one having another two and a half years to run.
The club owned by Roman Abramovich offer Hazard a £300,000-a-week deal, making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
But the Belgian star is believed to have turned down the offer in the hope of securing a move to Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants have been keen on him for a while and speculations claimed he already agreed personal terms with them for a move to be completed last summer, but his ankle injury changed everything.
According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, the Champions of Europe manager Zinedine Zidane recently phoned Hazard for a confidential conversation.
As reported in the same article, Cristiano Ronaldo’s position at the club is no longer “untouchable” and he would have a real competition for his place if Hazard arrived.
The 26-year-old has been in magnificent form for Chelsea this term scoring nine goals and impressing again with top performances and assists for his team-mates.