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Eden Hazard ‘very happy’ about Zidane’s return to Real Madrid

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed his delight in Zinedine Zidane’s return to football amid growing speculation of a move to Real Madrid.

The Belgian superstar has long been touted for a move to Real as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer in a €112m transfer to Juventus.

Since Zidane returned to Los Blancos last month, rumours have only grown even stronger over a scoop for Hazard due to the French manager being a self-confessed admirer of the 28-year-old.

And it appears that Zidane’s comeback might just do the trick in convincing Hazard to end his seven-year stay at Chelsea in favour of a switch to Real.

“I am not a Real Madrid player, but as a supporter of Zidane, I was very happy that he came back because football needs Zidane,” Hazard told RMC Sport.

“For Real, it is good, for the supporters of Real it is good, but for the other teams a bit less, because Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane win a lot, so it will be difficult.”

The winger again refused to discuss his future after previously declaring his sole focus is now on helping Chelsea win the Europa League and securing a top-four Premier League finish.

“My future is not something that I want to talk about right now. There are rumours left and right, but for me, I have another month with Chelsea,” said Hazard.

“The end of the season could be wonderful if we win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League for next season.

“We will have to give our all and after that we will see what will happen.”

Hazard made a 31-minute cameo during Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Slavia Prague on Thursday night for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash.

Full-back Marcos Alonso was the hero on the night after scoring an 86th-minute winner for the Blues.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – APRIL 11: Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Slavia Prague and Chelsea at Eden Stadium on April 11, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Thomas Eisenhuth/Bongarts/Getty Images)