It seems that Eden Hazard is having an internal debate with himself out in the public eye.
‘I dream of playing for Real Madrid… but then I love it at Chelsea’ and so on and so forth.
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His comments over 10 days about how he wakes up one morning and decides he wants to play for Real, then on another morning he’d rather stay at Chelsea said it all. With talks set to fire up over a new contract for the Belgian wizard at Chelsea in the coming weeks and months, Hazard has certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons with these comments.
The latest edition of that back and forth has occurred as the current leading Premier League goalscorer spoke to Sky Sports ahead of the Blues’ massive home game against Manchester United on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Can he finish his career with Chelsea despite all of the talk about a move to Real Madrid?
“I can finish with Chelsea. No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here,” Hazard said. “So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans – I think the fans love me! What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”
Hazard, 27, is in the form of his life this season and his star continues to rise in his seventh season at Stamford Bridge.
After he captained Belgium to third-place at the 2018 World Cup, many thought Hazard would be tired and have an off-season at Chelsea. However, under new manager Maurizio Sarri he is thriving with more freedom and a team of players who are being encouraged to attack alongside him.
Hazard may well end up signing for Real Madrid next summer, but until then he will be at Chelsea. And in the next 8-10 months he will need the support of those Chelsea fans. Hence the comments above.
The Belgian isn’t just a master of playing the game on the pitch, you know…