Mourinho: Hazard not quitting Chelsea for Real Madrid

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has rejected any chance Eden Hazard will quit the club for Real Madrid, Sky Sports has reported.

Zinedine Zidane, a Champions League winner during his playing days at the Santiago Bernabeu and now coach of the club’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla, spoke highly of Belgium international Hazard in an interview this week, leading to speculation Madrid were laying the groundwork for an approach to Chelsea for the playmaker.

Hazard is though under a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, signing a five-year deal earlier in the year, and Mourinho pointed to Hazard’s willingness to commit his future to the club as evidence he won’t be packing his bags for Spain.

“We just signed a new contract with him,” Mourinho noted. “We didn’t put a gun to his head. I don’t think he’s interested in going.”

Hazard has been a Chelsea player since a 2012 move from Lille, having made almost 200 appearances for Les Dogues, winning the Ligue 1 title and French Cup double in 2010-11. He was part of the Chelsea team that won the Europa League in 2012-13 and League Cup in 2014-15, and represented his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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