Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard Fuels Fresh PSG, Real Madrid Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13 :  Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 13, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has poured fuel on the speculative fire that he would be open to a move to Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid.

According to French outlet Le Parisien (h/t Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star), he said: "It's hard to say no to PSG, as with all teams capable of winning the [UEFA] Champions League. Now, PSG are part of this category. And for me, winning the Champions League is the main objective. But for now, I do not dwell on it."

The Belgian has endured a torrid time this season and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid also in pursuit, per the Guardian's Rob Smyth

Per the interview (h/t ESPN's Liam Twomey), when asked about the Real Madrid rumours, he said: 

Of course, [Madrid coach] Zinedine Zidane gets you interested. He was my idol when he was a player...and he's been saying good things about me for a long time.

In any case, I want to work with the best managers in the world. Beyond that, I don't know if Zidane is in that category yet. He's only been training Real since the start of January.

The playmaker has found the net just once all season—a penalty in an FA Cup clash with MK Dons—and assisted only five goals in 32 games across all competitions.

It's important to note Hazard also offered a reminder as to how long remains on his deal with Chelsea, per Twomey: "Everything is possible, it's true. But I have a contract that runs for four-and-a-half years yet. Even if things are difficult this year, I feel good at Chelsea. I'm in a good squad that can win trophies every season."

Further, he explained he is not expecting to depart Stamford Bridge as early as this summer: "I don't think that will happen. Anyway, every transfer window people say: 'Eden is going to leave.' And every time that I said that I would stay, I have actually stayed. On the other hand, I said during my last year at Lille that I was going to leave and I really did leave."

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A move away from Chelsea could reinvigorate the 25-year-old, who has fallen well below the standards that earned him the PFA Player of the Year Award last season.

Meanwhile, PSG and Real Madrid's reported interest is understandable given the level of performance Hazard is capable of producing, though with the likes of Angel Di Maria showing his best in the French capital and Los Blancos boasting a wealth of talent such as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, neither side have an obvious need for him.

Though his form must undoubtedly be a worry for Chelsea, Hazard has shown some signs of life under interim boss Guus Hiddink, and like the rest of the Blues squad, he'll be offered a fresh start when a new permanent manager is recruited in the summer.

The midfielder may end up moving in a big money deal at some point in his career, though it won't be surprising if he takes the time to rediscover his form at Stamford Bridge first.


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