published: 2018-07-21 20:53:33
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That is the claim of Bleacher Report. Hazard has emerged as the front-runner to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital after the European champions sanctioned the star’s €100million (£88m) move to Juventus. That leaves Madrid, who were already linked with a shake-up of their front-line, looking for someone to help fill the void. And Chelsea ace Hazard is reportedly seen as that man having starred at the World Cup for Belgium where he was voted the tournament’s second best player in Russia, behind Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric with Croatia. It has been said that Hazard is Madrid’s most likely addition despite links with Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. And according to Bleacher Report, Hazard is keen on a move to the Bernabeu because he thinks it might be his only ever chance to represent the La Liga giants. Hazard turns 28 in January and will be without Champions League football this term at Stamford Bridge which could be a factor in his desire to move, despite the lure of playing under new boss Maurizio Sarri. Bleacher Report claim that Hazard’s representatives have made it known to Madrid officials that the Belgian attacker would be keen on a transfer. But the report adds that Chelsea will not let their talisman go easily, having reportedly quoted Los Blancos a world-record £200million fee. Chelsea want to hand Hazard a £300,000-a-week contract to stay and hope that his personality means he will not look to force an exit despite wanting to join Madrid. But Bleacher Report suggest that if an official approach is made then Hazard will make it clear to the London club that he wants the move. Chelsea have just three weeks until the transfer window shuts for English clubs on August 9. But Sarri has recently indicated a willingness to discuss Hazard’s future in person with the player, who is currently on holiday having helped Belgium to finish third in the World Cup. The Italian boss said: “Clearly the players you are referring to are very high-level players and I would like to keep them. “But a telephone call without looking them in the eye will not give me any certainty. “I would like to meet these players face-to-face and talk to them and understand what the best thing is for everyone to do. “Before that I would also like a player to come on the pitch for four or five days with me to have a clear idea of what the plan is.” Willian and Thibaut Courtois have also been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
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