Hazard to ignore Real Madrid flattery and stay at Chelsea

Eden Hazard is expected to ignore praise from Real Madrid icon Zinidine Zidane and remain at Premier League leaders Chelsea, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Zidane, a Champions League winner with Los Blancos and now coach of the club’s B team, has spoken highly of the Belgium international in recent days, and with Zidane expected to one day take charge of the Madrid first team – perhaps even succeed current boss Carlo Ancelotti – it was thought the Champions League semi-finalists were trying to tempt Hazard away from Stamford Bridge.

Hazard signed a long-term contract with Chelsea as recently as February, committing his future to the club until at least 2020, and the Telegraph claim he doesn’t intend to break the deal in the near future. Zidane was a childhood hero of Hazard, it’s noted, but Hazard is happy with his current surroundings and has a contract that pays in the region of £200,000 per week, it’s believed.

The Telegraph suggest it would take a world-record transfer fee to convince Chelsea to part with Hazard. Madrid paid a world record fee to Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale and had previously broken the record regularly, most recently with Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Manchester United but also when signing Zidane from Juventus in 2001.

He spent six years at the Santiago Bernabeu, playing almost 250 times, scoring 45 goals and winning the title once and the Champions League once, among a smattering of other trophies.

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