Chelsea midfielder Eden hazard hasn’t done much to dampen the speculation surrounding his potential move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Speaking about the upcoming clash against Arsenal in the Europa League Final, Hazard made it known that it would be his ‘perfect farewell’ to the club.
The Belgian Captain admitted that the potential transfer is not a done deal saying,
“We will see. It’s in the hands of the clubs. But there’s a lovely match to play. It’s not in my head right now. I stay, I go…”
What he did rule out however, was the possibility of staying in the UK and signing with another Premier League team.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, when asked about a move closer to home he said;
“No chance. ‘I am a blue! It means a lot to me. I cannot play for another club in the country. That’s why we have to win the Europa League.“
So despite his seemingly unyielding loyalty to Chelsea, Hazard has a big choice to make. Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has already made his intentions clear. On Spanish radio Perez admitted that he is desperate to lure Hazard away and has been trying for years to make that a reality.
“I have a dream that Hazard will arrive this year. Let’s make a good team this year.
“I am very interested in him coming to Real Madrid and I am very hopeful that he will come this year. He’s one of the great footballers.”
Given that there is only one year left on Hazard’s contract, it looks like the only financially viable option for Chelsea. Especially as they could push Perez for at least £100 million to get the deal done.
Chelsea Legend Frank Leboeuf has weighed in stating that hazard should leave with the blessing of the club.
Speaking to SunSport he said:
“Eden has one year, so he has to go. The club have to think financially.
“They managed to keep him last year when it was almost sure he would go to Real Madrid, and he had a very good year.
“If you try to keep him, he won’t be as good as he was — because he will be unhappy to stay.”
Will Eden Hazard stay at Chelsea? Whatever the outcome, he still has one big European Cup to win.
“It is a European competition, so for me, for the club, for the manager, for the fans, it is something important.
“I just want to win the trophy. That is it. It does not matter if I score or I do not score. If it is my last game, I hope to bring the trophy.
“Would it be the perfect farewell? Yes.”