The 27-year-old winger played a vital role for Belgium in this summer’s World Cup, scoring his third goal of the tournament in their 2-0 win over England in the third-place playoff.
A third-place finish means Belgium have produced their best ever World Cup campaign, but all eyes will now be on Hazard as speculation around a potential move to Real Madrid intensifies, with the star himself adding fuel to the fire.
Hazard told Belgian publication HLN: “After 6 wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.
“Certainly after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”
Hazard is just one of a host of names being mooted as the potential replacement for Real’s record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently completed a move to Juventus.
PSG forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – who has starred for France en route to the World Cup final – are some of the other big-hitters being rumoured with a move to Los Blancos, but following Hazard’s comments that it would be a “dream” to play for Real Madrid, the Blues could struggle to retain his services this summer.
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Hazard proves he has the pedigree to replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid
He may not score the ridiculous amount of goals that Ronaldo does, but Hazard has shown no shortage of talismanic qualities during his six-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
He has played 300 times for the Blues across all competitions, and his 48 assists in that time, coupled with his 89 goals, have made him Chelsea’s vital component in the attack.
His three goals and two assists for Belgium at the World Cup also show a similar trend, and highlight Hazard’s ability to perform on the highest stage – he also scored the winning penalty in Chelsea’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United last season.