Real To Return For EPL Superstar As CR7 Replacement?
With Real Madrid reportedly still looking for a replacement for departed club record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, they could once again move for a Premier League superstar.
Eden Hazard is believed to be poised for a move to the La Liga giants after reportedly snubbing two new contract offers from current club Chelsea.
The Belgium international joined the London side from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in 2012 for a reported fee of £32 million (R567 million) and has since gone on to cement his place as the club's attacking talisman.
The 28-year-old's eye-catching performances have reignited Los Blancos' interest in him, especially with the Spaniards punching well below their weight since Ronaldo's departure to Juventus in July 2018.
Belgian football expert and Het Laatste Nieuws journalist Kristof Terreur appeared on the Transfer Talk podcast recently, and gave his thoughts on the Belgian's potential move to Real.
"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," he said on the 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."
Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in securing Hazard's services, but Terreur believes Real are the Belgian's first choice should he leave Chelsea.
"For him, it is simple. It's either staying at Chelsea or going to Real Madrid," he continued.
"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.
"When they called last summer, (Chelsea director) 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."
Hazard has been a rare ray of light in manager Maurizio Sarri's debut campaign with the Blues, scoring 10 goals and registering 10 assists in 21 Premier League appearances so far this season.
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