Real Madrid sources have reportedly been quoted as saying ‘He is signed’ when discussing the prospect of Chelsea star Eden Hazard sealing a transfer to the Bernabeu next summer, according to Diario Gol.
The report states that Isco is not happy about the move, and it follows claims earlier today that suggested the deal could even be off due to Florentino Perez not wanting to risk losing Marco Asensio.
This claim came from Don Balon, but alternative sources have now been quoted by Diario Gol as suggesting Hazard looks to be on his way to Madrid for next season.
This makes sense for the Spanish giants as they look for a long-term replacement for the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo, who himself has been linked with a move away from Real.
AS claimed earlier this season that Ronaldo was unhappy at Madrid and not planning on signing a new contract, and there’d be few better options than Hazard in terms of filling that void.
The Belgium international has risen to become one of the best players in the world in his time at Chelsea, and has hinted before that he’d be open to joining Madrid after expressing his wish to play under manager Zinedine Zidane.
‘Zidane would be a dream to have as a coach, he was my idol when I was little. I have a lot of respect for him,’ Hazard told La Derniere Heure earlier this season.
Diario Gol suggest work will begin on finalising Hazard’s move to Madrid once they conclude a deal for Mauro Icardi, which Diario Gol also claimed to be a deal nearing conclusion today, with a medical apparently scheduled for him later this month.
Chelsea star reveals which sides they are desperate to avoid in UCL draw
One Chelsea star has admitted that there are two teams he hopes the club will not be put up against in the upcoming Champions League draw.
That player is Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill who has played a pivotal part in the Champions League and Premier League so far.
The London side drew their last group game with Atletico Madrid last night, in a game they had to win to finish top of their group.
Though, their result meant that Roma only needed a win against Qarabag to secure top spot and that is exactly what they did.
That now means that Chelsea could be drawn against some much bigger teams who finished top of their respective groups.
The only teams the club can be drawn against now is Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona and Besiktas.
Safe to say, Gary Cahill knows exactly who he wants to avoid in the upcoming draw and those two teams are Barcelona and PSG.
“To get to and win the final, of course, we have to beat the best teams,” Cahill explained.
“But let’s not lie as well, let’s hope we dodge them and progress.”
“You expect to see the very, very big teams later on.”
“At this stage of the competition, those that qualify are top teams – you can’t dodge anyone too much – but I hope the draw is a good one for us.”
Gary Cahill was certainly cursing Chelsea’s luck against Atletico Madrid and admitted they should have won the game.
“How we’ve not won that game is incredible.”
“The performance was good from us and their keeper had a fantastic game.”