Eden Hazard has time again flirted about the possibility of a speculated transfer move to Real Madrid. And yet again, the Belgian wizard has spoken about intentions of playing for the Spanish giants.
The Belgian has been outstanding form this season scoring eight goals and much credit for Chelsea's unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri goes to the Eden Hazard. The attacker has providing the goals for the Blues with striker Alavaro Morata not finding his scoring boots yet.
The 27 year-old has picked up from his hot-form at World Cup, where he was crowned the second best player after leading his country to third place in Russia. After a remarkable outing, Hazard stated he felt the time was right for a fresh challenge with Madrid his preferred destination.
“I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” Hazard told the repoprters after scoring in Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Southampton.
“I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment. Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.
“We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time but we will talk about my future soon.”
Meanwhile, Real are struggling to cope with life without Ronaldo, who joined Juventus after spending 9 trophy-laden seasons in the Spanish capital. The Portuguse's absence has left a huge void to fill in, and having failed to score in four consecutive matches since 1985, Real Madrid could sort their woes with Eden Hazard's services upfront.
However, Hazard is out of contract in 2020, and is yet to sign a fresh contract at Chelsea. Though, he doesn’t want to follow the example of international team-mate Thibaut Courtois in forcing his way out of the club.
Courtois had just a year to run on his contract, lowering his transfer value, when he refused to return to pre-season training with Chelsea before sealing a move to Real in August. “I don’t want that,” Hazard said. “I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything.
“I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing. So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”
Madrid have won the Champions League for the past three seasons, while Chelsea failed to even qualify for Europe’s premier club competition this season after finishing fifth in the Premier League. However, Hazard insisted it is not trophies, but the enjoyment he gets from his football that will be the determining factor in his decision.
And he is thriving in Sarri’s more expansive set-up after two seasons under the more cautious approach of Antonio Conte. “It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win,” added Hazard. “But I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.”