Kristof Terreur believes Hazard is waiting for Real Madrid to make an approach
Eden Hazard is waiting for Real Madrid to make a move for him, according to Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur.
The Belgian captain has only 18 months remaining on his current contract and he has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal, fuelling speculations regarding his future at Chelsea by saying that he will wait till the end of the season to make a decision.
Hazard looked set to head for the exit door in the summer but new manager Maurizio Sarri convinced him to stay, with the club hierarchy making it clear to suitors Real Madrid that the 27-year-old was not for sale.
“He has rejected two contract offers so far and says that he doesn’t want to sign right now. That means he is waiting for something and that something means just one thing, Real Madrid,” Terreur told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“Real Madrid are still interested as far as I know, but they are still yet to make their move. They don’t have a personal agreement with him at this point, they don’t have an agreement with Chelsea and they haven’t even made the phone call like they did last summer.”
“When they called last summer, Marina Granovskaia said that he wasn’t for sale and Real respected that. But they might come back in again as they need to strengthen their squad after this season and it is easier to get players with just over a year left on a contract.”
Although Hazard has spoken openly about his dream of playing for Real Madrid to challenge for the Ballon d’Or, Terreur believes that a move to PSG is not on the cards.
“For him it is simple. It’s either staying at Chelsea or going to Real Madrid. He doesn’t think about PSG. They have always been sniffing around the table and got the same answer – he’s already played in Ligue 1 and will only ever play for Lille if he returns,” Terreur continued.
“He is currently happy in London, his kids are happy in London, his wife is happy in London and if the dream move to Real Madrid doesn’t come off, he will stay at Chelsea and sign a contract for life.
“I think he will push for that Real Madrid move, but it is up to Real Madrid right now.”