Chelsea’s Eden Hazard open to Real Madrid move
“Of course, I would consider it if Madrid made an offer”
Eden Hazard: “I am keen to win trophies. It would be great to win the Champions League.” Photograph: Reuters
The Belgian still has three years to run on his £200,000-a-week (€230,000) contract at the Premier League champions but has been a longstanding target for Real, who won a third Champions League title in four seasons on Saturday night with victory over Juventus in Cardiff.
Five years to the day since Hazard confirmed he would be signing for the Champions League winners, the forward, who is preparing for Belgium’s friendly against Czech Republic on Monday night and a World Cup qualifier against Estonia next week, hinted for the first time that he could be prepared to leave Chelsea.
“Of course, I would consider it if Madrid made an offer,” Hazard said. “I am keen to win trophies. It would be great to win the Champions League. But Chelsea’s goal is to win the Champions League as well. Honestly, I do not know what will happen.
“I only know that I still have a contract with Chelsea for three seasons and that we just had an amazing 2016-17 campaign. We want to continue on this path and want to build on this in the Champions League.
“I am feeling very well at Chelsea. But you never know what will happen. I have not met with the board yet to discuss a new deal. I have two games with Belgium coming up first and I am off on my holiday after that. I want to think about football as little as possible.”
Antonio Conte reiterated his desire to keep Hazard after he was instrumental in helping the Italian win the title in his first season in the Premier League but admitted that his future would depend on “the will of the player”.
“I think Eden is very happy to stay in Chelsea, to stay with us and work with us,” he said. “I can tell this. But the future? I haven’t a crystal ball, no. I think everything is possible. Everything is possible in football and not only for Eden but for every single player. Everything is possible. You must understand that there are different wills to compare and then to take the decision.”