The future of Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge was cause for concern amongst many Chelsea fans during the summer, amidst speculation that Real Madrid were preparing a blockbuster move for the supremely talented Belgian.
Of course, Hazard’s revelation that his dream was to play for Real Madrid, during interviews whilst with the Belgium squad at the Russia 2018 World Cup, added further fuel to the smouldering transfer gossip columns, making it seem increasingly likely that, ahead of the 2018-19 season, he would be heading for Spain’s LaLiga
Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, the same gossip columns were practically aflame with an increased belief that Real Madrid would make their move. The Portuguese superstar left a huge void that needed to be filled, yet, by the end of the European transfer window, the Spanish giants had failed to make their move for Hazard.
Although fellow countryman and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois end up leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid, returning to the Spanish capital having previously spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid on loan, Hazard remained in London and continues to dazzle English football. His start to the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri has been nothing short of exceptional.
Boasting six wins and two draws from their opening eight matches of the 2018-19 season, Chelsea have made a great start under their latest Italian manager, largely with the aid of such potent performances from Hazard, who has already contributed an impressive seven goals and three assists in those first eight Premier League matches of the campaign.
In a three-way split with Manchester City and Liverpool on 20 points at the top of the table, Chelsea are amongst the moplay.co.uk Premier League title favourites. To remain so, the Blues will undoubtedly need Hazard to maintain his superb current form but the shadow of Real Madrid interest still looms large. More so now, following the latest words from the player.
After scoring one of the goals and assisting another in the 3-0 win against Southampton, the Chelsea man once again set tongues wagging and for more reasons than just his performance. “Real Madrid is the best club in the world,” Hazard insisted in post-match comments when quizzed about his future. “It’s my dream since I was a kid,” he added, reiterating the same ambitions spoken of just a few months earlier, whilst at the World Cup.
Needless to say, with manager Julen Lopetegui already under fire and Real Madrid struggling to score goals, the Spanish media are all over the possibility that club president Florentino Perez might splash out in the January transfer window. Hazard is regarded as the leading target for what could be a record-breaking transfer so his recent comments have been front-page headline news in the Spanish sporting press.
Hazard is in top form at Chelsea and the board is keen to offer him a new and improved deal to stay at Stamford Bridge but, if Real Madrid do come knocking at the door in January with a firm offer, it seems increasingly likely that, come the start of 2019, the Belgian star could well be packing his bags and heading for the Santiago Bernabeu, ready to start the next chapter of his career and to finally realise his dreams.