‘But he had a season off to rest!’ is often the quip rival fans respond with in the Transfer Tavern when Chelsea supporters rave about Eden Hazard, but there’s no getting away from the fact the Belgian has been excellent this season.
The 26-year-old attacker has been the driving force behind the Blues’ push for the Premier League title, finding the sort of form that evaded him in 2015/16 when the wheels came off in dramatic fashion at Stamford Bridge.
And his performances have, according to reports from the Mirror, attracted Real Madrid, but Chelsea are keen to keep him in west London with a £300,000-per-week contract.
However, Los Blancos believe they can lure the 76-cap international to Spain and are ready to offer Alvaro Morata – a player manager Antonio Conte reportedly wants – as part of a deal worth £120m for his signature.
Although Chelsea want to keep Hazard, it’s understood that his own team-mates think his head will be turned by Real this summer with the La Liga side having launched a full-on attack to snap him up.
Eden Hazard will leave Chelsea this summer – agree?