Chelsea star Eden Hazard has long been linked with a high-profile move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, having shone brightly in the Premier League for six seasons.
The Blues playmaker is linked with becoming the latest ‘Galactico’ to arrive at the Bernabeu, joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale on Spanish soil.
For some time the Belgium international wideman has dismissed such rumours and fully committed himself to the Chelsea cause in the English top-flight.
Although, after a stuttering domestic campaign so far for the reigning Premier League champions, Chelsea’s star man has given a big indication of a potential sensational switch to Madrid this summer.
Hazard has now given Chelsea fans some cause for concern after refusing to rule out a future move to Real Madrid, having been tipped to join Los Blancos for several years now.
Zinedine Zidane has previously outlined his admiration for the Belgian ace, while he would be a fresh acquisition in the club’s ranks, with Ronaldo ageing and Welshman Bale being somewhat injury prone.
When quizzed recently about the possibility of ditching the Blues for Real Madrid, Hazard replied: “In football you never know. I’m happy at Chelsea, and focused on them.”
There is also mutual respect between Hazard and Zidane, with the Belgian admitting being flattered by the interest shown in him from Spain.
“I remember 10 years ago, when he [Zidane] first spoke about me, it was incredible,” the 27-year-old recalled.
“He was my idol when I was a child, I have seen thousands of videos about him and now he is the manager of one of the best clubs in the world, so yes, it is a luxury.
“But I do not want to stop, I want to continue working and striving in the field and then yes, I love when people like him speak well of me.”
Chelsea have struggled in the defence of their Premier League crown this season and Italian manager Antonio Conte has come under immense pressure.
Failure to secure a Champions League position would likely be a decisive blow in the Blues’ bid to retain the services of Hazard, as their main man looks increasingly likely of departing for Madrid.