Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has added fuel to fire of rumours surrounding Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, who continues to be linked with Real Madrid.
Officials at the Bernabeu believe that Hazard would be the ideal replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has just completed his move to Italian giants Juventus.
Speculation over Hazard’s future with Chelsea has been rife all summer and after a stellar World Cup campaign with Belgium, his stock has only increased further.
As reported by The 42, Martinez believes now could be the best time for the talented Belgian to move onto pastures new.
“It could be the best time (for Hazard) to try something different,” he said to the media.
“He could fit in any team in the world. Players need new challenges and new projects. Perhaps it’s a good time for Chelsea and for Eden to split. I would be very surprised if Chelsea didn’t have big offers for him right now.”
Belgium exited the World Cup in the semi-final stage in Russia, losing 1-0 to eventual winners France. Hazard was runner-up in the race for the Golden Ball to Croatia’s Luka Modric – the award given to the best player of the tournament.
— Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) July 15, 2018
Martinez continued to praise his star player: “I’ve been pleasantly surprised. He has such maturity and leadership skills. Eden is one of the few players that exist around the world where his play is based on talent one on one.”
“Eden has won three man of the match awards of the seven games,”
“He is competitive. He has been incredibly consistent. I don’t think he has any type of preference right now.”