Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has flagged up his need to join European champions Real Madrid next season.
The 28-year-old has stalled contract talks with Chelsea since the Blues offered to make him the west London highest earner.
Hazard has been arguably been the spine of the Blues attacker and has had to reprise the role of a striker since boss Maurizio Sarri has lost his trust in playing Spaniard Alvaro Morata up front.
GiantsFootballNews understands Chelsea want to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge, but with Real Madrid already barking out orders to sign him at the end of the Premier League season, Chelsea may finally be out of their depths here.
Two proposed bids have been put down by the Belgium international who has a strong engine and has not failed to produce the goods at Chelsea. His playmaking skills are beautiful to watch and his quick runs and laser-silk flicks over the top, that picks out Blue shirts in the area has been a delightful sight.
With Hazard prepared to join Real Madrid next season, Chelsea have made a provision for his replacement and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic will fill the Belgian’s shoes.
Belgian Journalist Kristof Terreur believes Madrid will come back for Hazard at the end of the season, despite Chelsea’s top brass Marina Granovskaia telling them to stay off the 28-year-old.
“He has rejected two contract offers so far and says that he doesn’t want to sign right now. That means he is waiting for something and that something means just one thing, Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are still interested as far as I know, but they are still yet to make their move. They don’t have a personal agreement with him at this point, they don’t have an agreement with Chelsea and they haven’t even made the phone call like they did last summer.
When they called last summer, Marina Granovskaia said that he wasn’t for sale and Real respected that. But they might come back in again as they need to strengthen their squad after this season and it is easier to get players with just over a year left on a contract.”
Kristof Terreur, Sky Sports