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Eden Hazard provides update on Chelsea future amid Real Madrid links

By Harry Edwards

Published: 19:19, 13 May 2019

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has confirmed his plans for the future.

The Belgian finished the Premier League season with 16 goals and 15 assists, being directly involved in more goals than any other player.

Is Hazard leaving Chelsea? Four key things to know…

  1. Eden Hazard has been at Chelsea for seven years, helping the club win two Premier League titles among other honours.
  2. This season, the Belgian was once again Chelsea’s standout player, directly contributing to 31 Premier League goals.
  3. Hazard has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract and has been the subject of interest from Real Madrid.
  4. And the Belgian has now confirmed he has made a decision on his future.

Hazard, who has a year remaining on his current Chelsea deal, has long been linked with a move away from the club – with Real Madrid the favourites for his signature.

The 28-year-old has never hid his desire to play for Los Blancos, previously describing Real as “the best club in the world”, and with Zinedine Zidane keen to bolster his ranks this summer, a move could be on the table.

Speaking after the end of the Premier League season, Hazard has now given the latest update on his future, telling reporters that he has already confirmed his decision with the Blues.

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“Yes. A couple of weeks ago. Yes, I have made my decision but it is not just about me,” said Hazard.

“I have made my decision, that’s it.”

When quizzed on whether fans will know about his future plans after the Europa League final against Arsenal, he added: “I think so. We have a final to play and then I will see.”

Hazard still has one game remaining for Chelsea before his future is made certain with the Blues set to contest in the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.

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Sarri on Hazard

While some football managers may look to avoid questions over the future of their key players, Maurizio Sarri has not been shy in talking about Hazard.

And, speaking after Chelsea ended the Premier League season with a 0-0 draw against Leicester City to confirm third, Sarri admitted the Blues need to respect Hazard’s decision.

“I hope of course, like every fan of Chelsea, that he will remain with us,” he told reporters.

“But at the moment I don’t know.

“I know very well that Eden tried to do his best for seven seasons at Chelsea. He did very well, he has become one of the best two or three players in the world, but I think also that we have to respect him and his decision.”