Eden Hazard doesn’t want to sign a contract extension at Chelsea.
News broke on Friday via Hazard’s father, Thierry, who spoke to Belgian outlet Le Soir about his 26-year-old son.
Hazard currently has a deal until 2020 with the reigning Premier League champions but the captain of the Belgian national team has been linked with a move to Real Madrid constantly over the past 12 months.
Here’s what Hazard Sr. had to say about Eden’s future at Chelsea, plus he also dropped a pretty big hint about a move to Real.
“What I can reveal about Eden is that he refused a contract extension,” Thierry Hazard said. “This was so that, if necessary, he could follow the interest of Real, whom he could see himself playing for. But, as of right now, there is no contact from Real Madrid. Eden is only one of the parties involved in his future.”
So, Chelsea’s fans now have every right to start freaking out.
Hazard’s form last season helped steer Antonio Conte‘s men to the title and it has been speculated that since last January the Blues have been trying to tie down Hazard to a longer deal.
Since recovering from ankle surgery in the summer, Hazard has been in mercurial form for Chelsea over the past few months and has scored eight goals and added five assists in 25 games in all competitions this season, while bamboozling opposition defenders.
Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer of Hazard and if Chelsea were to cash in on their prized winger, this summer would surely be the best time with over two years left on his contract and after a World Cup where he promises to be one of the biggest stars on show.
If Neymar was sold by Barcelona to PSG for over $265 million, Hazard has to be somewhere near that figure. Chelsea would surely not let him go for anything less than $200 million in the current market.
With Manchester United also reportedly interested in the Belgian wizard, it appears Hazard’s name will adorn the back pages of newspapers for many months to come.