Real Madrid are confident of signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea after the Belgian recently claimed to have ‘made a decision’ about his future on French radio.
Hazard has frequently been linked with a move to Madrid over the past few seasons and he has done little to quash those rumours, previously suggesting that it was his dream to play for Los Blancos and that they are the biggest club in the world.
Following Hazard’s most recent quotes, which suggested that he has already made a decision about his future, The Mirror now report that Real Madrid are ‘confident’ of acquiring his signature this summer.
The Spanish giants have made Hazard their number one transfer target are said to be willing to pay £100m to prize him away from Chelsea.
Hazard only has one year left on his contract with Chelsea and has been reluctant to sign a new deal over the past few months, which has added further fuel to the rumours.
Eden Hazard already knows for a while what he wants. Club know what he wants too. Speaking in a repo on his career, he tells RMC: “I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision.” #cfc pic.twitter.com/GXgYDlDfBv
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) February 5, 2019
Chelsea are prepared to make the 28-year-old the highest paid player in the club’s history, but they have made no progress when it comes to negotiations.
The Telegraph add that Hazard is now expected to officially tell Chelsea of his wish to leave and join Real Madrid, after Real Madrid made their summer transfer plans clear.
The report also notes that Hazard’s bombshell interview with RMC was done some weeks ago, while the Belgian forward would have known it was not due for immediate release and has since kept fans and the media guessing as to his intentions.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri recently claimed that Hazard will be free to leave the club if he wants to, saying last week: “Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go.
“Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment. Sometimes he’s happy with something less.”