Chelsea are hopeful they will eventually tie star man Eden Hazard down to a new contract despite Real Madrid’s interest, according to reports.
Hazard, 27, has two years left on his current deal and the Blues have failed, thus far, to get him to renew. This situation follows stellar form for club and country – he’s scored seven times in eight 2018/19 Premier League games and was a standout player as Belgium finished third at World Cup 2018.
Speaking after Sunday’s 3-0 win at Southampton, the ex-Lille winger admitted he’s torn between staying put or moving to Santiago Bernabeu.
He said: “Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay.
“It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and will turn 28 in January.”
Sky Sports stated on Tuesday that the Blues retain belief he’ll choose the former option.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is set to miss Los Blancos’ must-win home clash against Levante after the international break (October 20th).
The 30-year-old, who has failed to score in each of his past seven matches after a strong start to the campaign, was substituted at half-time during the 1-0 defeat at Alaves last weekend.
Benzema is suffering with a calf problem and although tests have revealed the injury is not serious, Julen Lopetegui will run the rule over Frenchman’s fitness with Mariano waiting in the wings.
Los Blancos’ 1-0 loss to Alaves on Saturday means they’ve picked up just one point from the last nine available in La Liga, while they also suffered a shock defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in midweek. They failed to score in any of these games, their first such run in 33 years.
New signings Mariano Diaz and Vinicius Junior are still finding their feet, with Lopetegui’s handling of the latter being questioned as the young Brazilian was in the reserves for the first month of the season before making his first-team debut last weekend, during the 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid.
The club’s transfer business is also being questioned, as despite being linked with Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar, no high-profile signing was made, even as Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Juventus with no proven goalscorer to replace the 50 goals per season the Portuguese brought to the side.
Lopetegui will have welcomed the international break, but the Spaniard’s work is cut out to arrest Madrid’s slide.