Chelsea’s star Eden Hazard has impressed quite a few heads at this World Cup as rumours speculate that the Belgian might be set to depart to the Bernabeu
Despite Hazard’s idol, Zinedine Zidane, stepping down from his role in charge of Los Blancos after a third straight Champions League win, the Belgian winger is likely to make a move to the Bernabeu. Although Julen Lopetegui took over the ropes at Madrid, Hazard does not hide his appreciation for his French idol.
Hazard is believed to be one of Real’s primary transfer targets should Cristiano Ronaldo join Juventus, with the 33-year-old closing in on an €100/£88 million move to Turin.
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And even though he has missed out on the opportunity of playing under Zidane, Hazard admits the lure of playing for Real Madrid remains as strong as ever.
Asked about his future in an interview with BeIN Sports, he replied: “Does Real make me dream less without Zidane? Zidane is someone special it’s true, but I think Real is everyone’s dream.
“Zidane or no Zidane, the white jersey [of Real] is special but the blue jersey suits me well so it does not bother me if I stay.
“For now, it’s the World Cup. As I have said at least 100 times, I am in Chelsea and for the moment nobody has made me an offer.”
Hazard will encounter his probable team-mate in the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup as Belgium take on France on Tuesday evening in St Petersburg.
Hazard, Mbappe, and Neymar are all likely targets for the new Real manager as he attempts to replace Real’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo – who is rumoured to make the move to Turin to dominate yet another league.
Hazard and Mbappe have been crucial towards their respective teams.
Mbappe announced himself on the world stage with a exhilirating performance in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina at the last-16 stage, scoring two quick-fire goals.
His electric pace has terrorised defenders the entire tournament and the likes of Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will have to be at their best to stop the 19-year-old.
Hazard has equally been pivotal to Belgium’s success so far, scoring two and providing two assists.
Their performance on Tuesday might determine whether or not an offer from the Spanish giants comes through.