Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has claimed that Eden Hazard encouraged Real Madrid to put in an offer for him.
The club is reported to be confident of signing the Belgian genius and Hazard has previously admitted that turning out for Real would be akin to a “dream”.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Terreur has expressed his confidence in the transfer going through, stating that much of it was perhaps due to Hazard’s own overtures.
“It’s always been his dream to play for Real Madrid, and at the moment for him, it’s between Chelsea and Real. Real have made an offer to Chelsea so he must have encouraged them to make the offer.”
Terreur believes that the time is just about right for a move to Madrid. Given Hazard’s advancing age and his lengthy stay in Madrid, a summer switch to Madrid would make the most sense:
“It [is] now or never for him in my eyes. He’s 28, he’s played seven years for Chelsea now. If he wants to have another challenge, it’s now for him.
“With one year left on his contract, that makes the difference, as all the cards are in his own hands.”
With only a year left on the Belgian’s contract with Chelsea, Terreur reckons Chelsea are going to squeeze out a significant sum from Madrid’s coffers if a transfer were to go through.
Moreover, the club runs the risk of losing the player on a free at the end of next season, a scenario the Blues are surely keen on avoiding.
The Belgium international has been known to be keen on playing under Zidane and the Frenchman’s return to the Madrid dug-out has perhaps stoked further interest in the transfer.
In the likelihood that Chelsea was to lose their star man, the West London outfit have identified Lille winger Nicolas Pepe as a potential replacement.