Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has declared that he would have to leave the London club if he is to be crowned the best player in the world.
Nominations for the Ballon D’Or were announced earlier this week, and the Blues attacker is among the 30 names to be shortlisted for the award, but deep down the Belgium international captain knows he is unlikely to win it this year.
Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid ever since he shone bright at the World Cup, and although no offer has been made for his services, it is not like the Spanish giants to fail to land a target at some point.
Earlier this week the Chelsea star suggested he was torn between signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge, or whether to push for a move to the Champions League winners from last season.
The Belgium forward has two years left on his deal with the Blues, and ruled out leaving London in January, when he was asked about it ahead of featuring for his country in their UEFA Nations League clash with Switzerland on Friday evening.
He was also quizzed over whether he wanted to go to Spain to become the best player in the world and while he was coy with his answer, he did nothing to silence the rumours.
“That’s why I want to go – maybe.” Sky Sports quote him as saying.
Hazard has started the Premier League season on fire and headed into the international break as the leading scorer in the competition. His form has really caught the eye but worryingly for the rest, he believes there is still some improvement in him.
“You can always improve in football. More goals, more assists.
“The team is helping me a lot, but I can improve, for sure.”
If Hazard does improve, and can do it quickly, he could well go on to guide Chelsea to another Premier League title. It could be that such silverware would be his parting gift to the Londoners.