Eden Hazard has started the biggest rumour of the upcoming January window by stating that he has a soft spot for Real Madrid.
The Belgian has 18 months left in his contract as of now and Chelsea have been trying to tie him down to a new deal.
Real Madrid were supposedly interested in him in the summer, as a replacement for the outgoing Cristiano Ronaldo. However, they signed his club colleague Courtois instead and a deal to take him to the Santiago Bernabeu never materialized.
Hazard added fuel to the speculations last month, after scoring his 7th goal in the Premier League against Southampton.
He admitted to the reporters after the game that he was thinking of his future and was torn between signing a new deal at Chelsea and moving to the “Best Club in the World” Real Madrid.
However, he now seems to have taken a step further towards listening to his heart.
The Belgian was speaking to French-Monegasque Radio Station RMC about life at Chelsea and admitted that he did not want to live with regrets at the end of his career. The Belgian spoke about Maurizio Sarri:
The new (Chelsea) coach (Maurizio Sarri) thinks football like me, so we’ll see.
He then spoke about living life without regrets:
The family is in London, I’m also going to be 28. I do not want to have any regrets at the end of my career.
He appeared to be having trouble in coming to a decision:
It’s a decision I’m going to make, I do not know when, but I’ll take it.
However, his love for Real Madrid was not hidden, again:
You know me, I’ve always loved Real, even before (Zinedine) Zidane. We’ll see what happens.
His final statement appeared ambiguous:
As I said, I’m already finishing this year with Chelsea, I still have a year left of my contract after this year.
As usual, his statements have caused a frenzy and there are lots of unspecified reports coming in about him joining the Spanish Giants, as well as Chelsea making him their highest paid footballer.
Amidst all the drama, Twitter had quite a few responses to the latest developments. Here are some of the best tweets:
As sad as it’s sounds, it looks like Eden Hazard is waiting for Real Madrid to make their move for him. If that’s the case, we need to get as much money as possible, sign a top top player and play Callum Hudson-Odoi more.
But, I do hope Hazard somehow signs a new contract. #CFC
— WorldWideChels (@WorldWideChels) December 10, 2018
Cue the ‘jumping ahead of the queue’ websites announcing agreements over Eden Hazard & Real Madrid like last summer. Before that happens there has to be an official offer first. Last summer it rained agreements on the web while Chelsea kept the door shut and there were no talks.
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) December 5, 2018
Eden Hazard on RMC: "I have always liked Real Madrid as a club, with or without Zidane. At the end of this year I have 1 year left on my Chelsea contract. We will see, it'll be up to me to make the decision."
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 10, 2018