Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has cast doubts over his future at the club after recently dropping a hint that he’s open to a move away from the London club this summer. Done with his international duties at the World Cup, the Belgium captain has time to make up his mind about his club future.
Under Roberto Martinez, Belgium performed beyond expectations in Russia and after beating England on Saturday, they secured third place – their highest ever finish in the World Cup finals. Hazard played a key role in guiding the Red Devils to the semi-finals just as he has been in Chelsea’s two Premier League triumphs.
Hazard has constantly been dropping hints about leaving the Blues and made a public announcement calling for transfer activity before he makes up his mind on whether or not he stays on at the club, but has now openly stated that he is looking for a new challenge with Real Madrid lurking in the background.
7 – Eden Hazard has been directly involved in seven goals at the World Cup (three goals, four assists); the joint-most of any Belgium player since 1966 (Jan Ceulemans also with seven). Rocket. #BELENG #BEL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Gaz8VqtsSE
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In the aftermath of Belgium’s 2-0 win over England, Hazard said: “After 6 wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”
Real Madrid only recently sold their best player and number 7 Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, leaving a spot open for Hazard. The Belgian does play off the left just like the Portuguese, and could be the marquee signing that Los Blancos fans are looking for this summer.
At 27, Hazard is now in his prime and if things go as per plan, he could offer Madrid six to seven years at the very top of his game and take the club to new heights.