Eden Hazard has dismissed fresh speculation of a transfer to Real Madrid.
Not only that, Hazard has reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea, following several reports in Spain claiming that a deal has been agreed for him to move to the Bernabeu this summer.
The 25-year-old Belgian star said in an interview: “Have I signed for Real? No, that’s not true, I do not know who said that.
“For now, I am at Chelsea. I have a season to finish, and my contract ends in four years. For now, I’m here, and I am, and I want to get back on the field with Chelsea.”
Hazard also confirmed he is edging closer to a return after missing Chelsea’s last four fixtures with a hip injury which has dogged him for much of the season.
The enigmatic midfielder further said: “I’m fine. I’ve been back training for the last three or four days.
“Sometimes it does still hurt a little because I try to force it, but I hope to be ready for Chelsea’s next matches.
“Being injured is not cool, but sometimes it allows you to relax — although I prefer to be on the field.
“I am hungry for football, as always, but even more because it’s been a month that I have been on the side.
“I am impatient to come back, play and score.”
Spanish newspaper AS last month claimed that Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard already has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid.
He has been one of Zinedine Zidane’s top priority summer targets and Zidane since 2010 trying to persuade Real hierarchy to secure the service of the Belgian as he thinks hazard would certainly fill the open space if James Rodriguez and Isco’s decide to leave at the end of the season – while the former being highly linked with Chelsea over the past few months.
Apparently there were rumours claiming Chelsea want a staggering €100 million for Hazard, which is around £78 million in current exchange rates.
PSG, along with Real Madrid, have been highly linked with a potential move for Hazard at the end of this season.
The Belgian’s contract doesn’t end until 2020, but as we have seen by Ramires’ move to Jiangsu Suning just three months after signing a new 4-year deal with the Blues, this clearly doesn’t guarantee that a player will stay with the club until his contract expires, particularly if a tempting offer arrives in time.
It is a well-known fact that Zidane and Hazard share a unique mutual admiration, as the France legend being one of Hazard’s childhood idols.
The Chelsea star also received rounds of praise from the Real Madrid manager in interviews every so often. While speaking to La Nouvelle Gazette, Hazard once said that he would like to be trained by Zidane one day and that day might arrive very soon if this latest report turns out to be a true one.
But now after what Hazard has said, it seems the player wants to take the challenge at Stamford Bridge under new incoming manager Antonio Conte.