Eden Hazard
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Eden Hazard of Chelsea is challenged by Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Thibaut Courtois has tipped Belgian skipper Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid this year ahead of Neymar.

Courtois played alongside Hazard four seasons before completing a switch to the Spanish capital last August.

Hazard is a long-term target for the European Champions and has stalled in extending his stay beyond the end of next season.

And Courtois believes his countryman would be a better signing than PSG forward Neymar in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the 26-year-old goalkeeper said: “I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.

“I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.

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“The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.

“You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.”

Madrid is 10 points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona who are looking well placed to retain their title. And Courtois went on to compare both clubs transfer activity in recent times.

“We do not have to look at other teams, we have to look at ourselves,” he said. “We have to build a new team.

“Who knows [whether] other teams will get into trouble with the rules of Financial Fair Play?

“If you see that Barcelona have already spent twice the amount they have received for Neymar, they may have to sell again soon.”