Eden Hazard has not hidden his desire to play in Madrid. In numerous interviews Hazard has stated how he has dreamed about playing at the Bernabeu since he was a child.
Hazard’s name has been on the lips of all the Spanish press this week. In an interview with the Belgian press, he said he “dreamed” to play for Madrid and he wanted to “make it happen,” but made it clear he did not want to damage his relationship with Chelsea.
His teammate and former Real Madrid player, Alvaro Morata, also gave his opinion of the rumors:
“If [Hazard] has spoken so clearly, it’s because that is the situation. It is not that he wants to leave Chelsea, but if Madrid come in for him, there would be nothing blocking him. It is not like other cases where players force an exit, he has a contract with the club. It should be a good deal for Chelsea.” – Alvaro Morata
Hazard was one of the main transfer targets for the former coach, Zinedine Zidane but the move never came to fruition. There were rumors that Madrid was interested in recruiting the Belgian forward before the World Cup but Florentino dismissed this idea. Many say that this was the reason why the French coach decided to leave Madrid.
Real Madrid’s losing streak has forced the technical staff to seek solutions as quickly as possible, which is why the incorporation of Eden Hazard in January was prioritized.
The Belgian could play in the Champions League since Chelsea is not in the competition. His inclusion would help the team immensely and could fill the gap left by Ronaldo. Hazard is first in the scoring chart with 7 goals and an average goal every 82 minutes.
Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has mentioned on numerous occasions that he would like to play with Eden throughout his career. They are teammates at Chelsea and could work well together in Madrid.
The big dilemma is that he does not want to go out the back door and be hated by the fans of Chelsea, the team that gave him his confidence. He said:
‘’If they come to me, then I will talk. I don’t want to say I’m signing a new contract and then I don’t end up signing. So I will see. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so. I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything.” – Eden Hazard
If Florentino decides to go to for Hazard in the January transfer window, the fee will be between 100 and 120 million. If they decide to go for him next summer the price will go down to 80m since he will be running out of time on his contract. Knowing Mr. Perez he will do what’s good for him and the team’s new project: The new Santiago Bernabeu.