LONDON. — Chelsea’s Eden Hazard said that he wants to leave the club for European soccer champions Real Madrid, with the Spaniards ready to make a possible £200million bid for him. On the day that new manager Maurizio Sarri took over at Stamford Bridge, Hazard emerged from helping Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place match on Saturday to say that he wanted no part in the future the Italian had mapped out.
Hazard, who has two years left on his contract, said: “I have spent six years with Chelsea. I played a fantastic World Cup, so it’s maybe time to change something. Chelsea will make the final decision — if they want to let me go, you know my preferred destination. After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.
“It’s not my decision, so now I just want to go on holiday and see what happens.”
It is understood that Hazard will not fight to leave Chelsea and if they attempt to keep him, he may stay. But Real, the European champions, may be willing to break the world transfer record, as they look to rebuild after the £88m departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Hazard’s recent form has impressed them. He was strong during Belgium’s World Cup, scoring the second goal against England. But the midfielder, who came close to joining Real in 2017, did fade during the semi-final loss to France. Hazard’s declaration of intent came as Napoli were attacked by Manchester City for “unprofessional” conduct in the £57m sale of midfielder Jorginho to Chelsea.
City sources claim the 26-year-old has been “bullied” into signing a five-year deal for Chelsea, having indicated as recently as Thursday that he wanted to play for Pep Guardiola.
It is also claimed that Napoli threatened the Italy international with having to see out the remaining two years of his contract at Stadio San Paolo if he rejected Chelsea. — Mailonline