Eden Hazard admits he faces a difficult decision on whether to renew his Chelsea contract or fulfil his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid
At 27 years old, Hazard has approached the peak period of his playing career and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real in the summer transfer window to replace the Juventus-bound Cristiano Ronaldo.
But a move to Los Blancos didn’t materialise with Hazard instead remaining at Chelsea for this season.
The Belgian winger has got off to a stunning start under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with seven goals and three assists in eight Premier League appearances.
However, due to his contract expiring in less than two years time, Hazard must now make the hard decision on where his future lies.
“I can talk now. If they come to me, I will talk. Maybe (it is a surprise they haven’t come to me yet),” replied Hazard on the Evening Standard, when asked if he wants to delay any Chelsea contract talks.
“I don’t want to say that I am not talking (at all) with the club or the owner. I am talking a lot with them. So we just need to find a good…
“I don’t know (what the time frame will be). I am happy and I don’t need anything (to make me stay). It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.”
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Hazard is aware that he may only have one big move left in his playing career at the age of 27 and confessed that Real remain firmly on his mind to this day.
Hazard added: “That’s why I spoke after the World Cup and said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup. I am playing good football.
“Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.
“Sometimes I wake up and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.
“I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time but we will talk about my future soon. I think so.”
Hazard also added that he hopes to not depart Chelsea in the same manner as fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois, who completed a £35m switch to Real and is now widely regarded as a hate figure among the club’s fans.
“I don’t want that. I want what’s good for me but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything. I don’t want to say, ‘yes I am signing a new contract’ and then I don’t end up signing. So I will see,” he added.