Eden Hazard is expected to sign a new contract when Chelsea announce their new coach, according to a respected Belgian journalist.
The Blues still have Antonio Conte in charge despite Maurizio Sarri being lined up to replace him.
But with old Napoli boss Sarri expected to be given the reins later this month HLN reporter Kristof Terreur thinks Hazard will then ditch plans for a move to Real Madrid because his family is happy in London.
Terreur, who was correct with Marouane Fellaini’s contract extension at Man Utd, told the Transfer Talk podcast: “I haven’t heard anything about Real Madrid since Zidane left.
There’s always been contact with agents and his dad has been in touch with the club too. But when Zidane left it was not going to happen.
“I think Real Madrid were interested before Zidane left. He was always pushing for Hazard for three years but in a way, a deal never materialized for him.
“He was in talks with them in 2016 but then he got injured and Madrid decided not to move for him.
“It will be difficult for him to move away from Chelsea as they are not going to sell a lot of players and certainly not their best player.
“In the situation, they are in, he wants to make what the club is going to do, he wants to know who the new manager is and the players they are going to be signing, then he might consider even signing a new deal.”
Hazard, who has been linked with Man City and Man Utd, arrived at Chelsea from Lille in June 2012 for £32million and is in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge.
“For him, it’s always been about his family life and his family has always been very happy in London.
“It’s not a priority for him to move but if he could make his dream move to Real Madrid he’d take it.
“He knows it’s now or never, he’s 27 and will become 28 in January, it’s now or never,” added Terreur.
Didier Drogba explains why Jose Mourinho made this Man United signing
Didier Drogba believes Jose Mourinho understood Romelu Lukaku had “become a man” after the Manchester United manager signed the Belgium striker last summer.
The Red Devils signed the 24-year-old in a £75m deal from Everton in the 2017 summer transfer window to improve Mourinho’s attacking options.
Lukaku established himself as a top Premier League striker at Everton but question marks lingered over his ability to shine on the biggest stage.
However, the Belgian forward netted a respectable 16 goals in 34 outings in the Premier League last term to help Manchester United secure a second-place finish.
Lukaku netted five times in the FA Cup and the Champions League to take his tally to 27 goals in all competitions during a fruitful first season.
The Belgian forward netted four goals in two games in the World Cup group stage in Russia to further underline his progress at Old Trafford.
Former Chelsea FC striker Drogba attempted to shed light on Mourinho’s decision to sign Lukaku last summer.
“For me there was always a difference between being in the dressing room and being around the lads – joking and having fun – and the moment I stepped out on the field,” Drogba told BBC Sport.
“I changed, and I think he noticed that when he watched me when he was young. He respected that and I can see he is the same now too. He showed that at Manchester United last season.
“I also know United manager Jose Mourinho well, of course, from our time at Chelsea and I can see why he got the best out of Romelu at Old Trafford.
“I think Jose understood when he signed him for United last year that the boy has become a man. He was mature and ready for a challenge like playing for a club like United.
“Romelu did so well because he has got the confidence of the manager, but also because he is at the age where he knows how to pay that confidence back.”
Mourinho worked with Lukaku during his second stint in charge of Chelsea FC but the Belgian forward was unable to hold down a regular starting spot in the Blues team.
Manchester United lost 1-0 to Lukaku’s former club Chelsea FC last term.