Martinez hails Belgium’s Hazard as Real Madrid rumours swirl

That preferred destination has always been Real Madrid, but there are doubts over whether the Spanish giants are interesting in signing Hazard in a deal that is likely to cost them in excess of £120 million.

According to Gabriele Marcotti of ESPN, the 27-year-old will remain at Stamford Bridge; "I don't expect much to happen because Eden Hazard is right here in Russian Federation, at least for the next few days".

Eden Hazard cast fresh doubt over his Chelsea future as the Belgium star appeared to confirm his interest in a move to Real Madrid.

Hazard has been one of the players of the tournament as Belgium reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1986, before losing 1-0 to France.

The 27-year-old is now in Russian Federation with the FIFA World Cup as Belgium have a third-place spot to win against England but was the standout player for both club and country this season.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has dropped a huge hint that he is ready to quit the club by declaring that "it might be time to discover something different". They want them to sign long term contracts to stay for the next five or six seasons.

Chelsea are desperate to keep Hazard, who has two years remaining on his contract, but the Belgian is a target of both Real and Barcelona. The biggest aspect I can tell you that not many people know is his incredible personality and leadership.

"In the future, you never know what happens", said Hazard in speaking to ITV.

"If he's a good manager?" If he lets me win trophies, yes.

"But there are other players in the World Cup, some who will play the final tomorrow, so it is not really important for me. The Italian way, but we were used to that with Antonio too".

  • Angelo Rivera