Belgian Looking Likely To Leave
Real Madrid are ready to spend £100million this summer on Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of next season. That means any decision about his future will need to be made this summer if Chelsea are to avoid losing him on a free transfer in June 2020.
But Hazard turned 28 last month and he is conscious that he is now at the peak of his career. Leaving it another year won’t do him any favours.
The Belgian has always insisted that he is looking to end the current season before talking about his future. But in an interview with French radio station RMC he admitted: “I know what I will do. I have made my decision.” The interview was for a documentary about his career and took place about two months ago.
All three parties in the potential transfer – Hazard, Chelsea and Real Madrid – have braced themselves for a decision early this year. The La Liga side have given assurances to Hazard that they will make a bid and that appears to be enough for the Chelsea man.
The Premier League club are ready to offer him a new deal worth £300,000 a week and it could be that earns less than if he moves to the Bernabeu.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri admitted last week that Hazard should be allowed to leave if he wants to.
“Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” said the Italian. “Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”
Reports today claim Real are willing to spend £100million on Hazard. In reality, any opening offer will be much less than that.
Last summer the Spanish club splashed out £35million on another Chelsea player with a year left on his contract when they signed Hazard’s international team-mate Thibaut Courtois.