Hazard wants out

LONDON. — Eden Hazard has made up his mind to leave Chelsea but he will not be sold this month. Paris Saint-Germain believe they are the frontrunners to sign Hazard in the summer but face competition from Spain’s Real Madrid and Germany’s Bayern Munich.

The mega-rich French club are confident they can land the playmaker and it is understood Hazard has told close friends he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

PSG will even try to capitalise on his unsettled situation at Stamford Bridge with a cut-price offer of around £45million, though Chelsea consider him to be worth almost double that.

Chelsea defender David Luiz was sold to PSG for £50m in 2014 and the Barclays Premier League club will demand more than that for last season’s PFA Player of the Year.

Hazard is understood to be resigned to leaving, despite having just signed a new five-year contract worth £200 000 a week last season. A club insider said problems started when Hazard and Jose Mourinho’s relationship broke down earlier in the season and added: “In his head he has already left. It would take some U-turn to keep him.”

Chelsea face PSG in the Champions League last 16 at the Parc des Princes on February 16 and it will give Hazard’s potential suitors a chance to watch their top target. Hazard wants to continue competing in Europe’s elite competition next season and Chelsea are unlikely to be able to offer him that as they sit 14th in the table.

That, though, is partly down to Hazard having struggled for form and fitness this season as Chelsea embark on the worst title defence in Premier League history.

The 24-year-old has not scored in any competition this season and went off with a groin injury after just 15 minutes on Sunday as Chelsea won 3-0 at Crystal Palace. — Mailonline.

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