CHELSEA are reportedly hopeful they can keep Eden Hazard out of the clutches of Manchester United, but he could still end up at Real Madrid.
Rumours emerged this week that United could launch a sensational British transfer record to bring Hazard to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to add more quality on the width and is said to be keen on a reunion with the Belgium international.
It was reported United are willing to pay £90million to sign Hazard.
The 26-year-old’s future remains uncertain having turned down a new £300,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge.
But Real remain strongly interested in Hazard with Zinedine Zidane wanting a ‘Galactico’ signing next summer.
And the La Liga giants have been given a boost as, according to Don Balon, Chelsea will do everything in their power to prevent Hazard joining a Premier League rival.
It is said Blues owner Roman Abramovich would rather allow Hazard to join Real.
The former Lille star has been a key part of Antonio Conte’s squad this season and proved his worth once again in last night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth.
He set up Alvaro Morata for the winning goal with an exquisite back heel to clinch a place in the last four.
Chelsea will face Arsenal in the semi-final stage with the first leg scheduled to take place in the week begging January 8.