Is this the last chance for Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid?
27-year-old Belgian international, Eden Hazard is one of the best players in world football but is the player destined for more greatness than what he has achieved at Stamford Bridge?
He has been a loyal servant of the club since his arrival, but after six years, there is a feeling that he has achieved all that he can at the club.
Real Madrid are very big admirers of the forward, and this summer represents perhaps his last chance to make the move to Spain. Current Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane was his hero growing up and Hazard has spoken of the joy that would fill his heart if he was to play under the management of the football legend. Zidane himself has spoken of his admiration of the classy player, meaning that there is a mutual respect from both parties.
He has stalled on signing a new deal at Chelsea, as is concerned about the ambition of the club to challenge for the major trophies on offer. Despite winning the Premier League last season, Chelsea has made a mess of their title defence, falling to fifth in the table and facing a huge fight to reach the Champions League next season. His contract at Chelsea runs out in 2020, but terms have been tabled to his representatives about a new, improved £300k a week offer.
Hazard is a fiercely ambitious player who wants to win the biggest trophies on offer in European football, but it is not happening for him at Chelsea. His best finish in the lucrative Champions League remains the semi-final finish during the 13/14 season under Jose Mourinho.
He will be 28 next year, meaning that time is running out to make that dream move. Chelsea will do everything they can to keep him, but Real Madrid a big draw for any player in world football. Real Madrid have underwhelmed in La Liga this season, which invariably means that there will be a major or minor overhaul of playing personnel this summer.
While Florentino Perez is obsessed with Neymar, getting Hazard will be a cheaper alternative, though the Chelsea man will cost north of £100m. The potential arrival of the Brazillian youngster, Vinicius at Madrid may also work against Hazard, as the talented Brazilian teenager is one of the most highly-rated players in world football. At £38m, he is the most expensive teenager ever, and the club will like him to develop at the club playing in his preferred left attacking midfield position.
Hazard has done his best at Chelsea, and the fans will remember him for it, but he is destined for something bigger. This summer could be the start.