According to a report from Spanish newspaper AS, 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. The report claims 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.
The Spanish media outlet also suggests that Chelsea want a staggering €100 million for Hazard, which is around £78 million in current exchange rates. 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.
PSG, along with Real Madrid, have been highly linked with a potential move for Hazard at the end of this season. Speculations also reignited by an interview the 25-year-old gave to Le Parisien last month. He publicly declared his admiration for the French champions.
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.
He is right now ruled out for at least a month with a hip problem. Hazard was hobbling off during Chelsea’s round of 16-second leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain, and could not even suit up in the FA Cup quarter-final last week against Everton, as it was later revealed that he had a problem with his injured hip.
The player has been in and out of the starting eleven ever since Jose Mourinho departed back in December, having suffered an injury while playing against Leicester, which ironically, was the Portuguese manager’s last match in charge of Chelsea.