Eden Hazard transfer: Chelsea star ‘will refuse to sign new contract’ even if club fend off Real Madrid interest
The Belgian’s long-anticipated move to Real Madrid is seemingly edging closer by the day following the return of Zinedine Zidane.
The Blues winger has been stalling on signing a new contract with the west London club, with his current deal up at the end of next season – and Chelsea have reportedly placed a £100million price tag on their talisman’s head.
The Telegraph are now reporting Hazard will refuse to sign a new contract even if the west London club play hardball with the LaLiga giants to get them to pay the desired fee.
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Real are said to be confident of landing the winger, who dazzled against West Ham on Monday and scored a brace, but are reluctant to pay £100million for a player with just one year left on his deal.
The Blues may eventually have to accept a reduced bid for Hazard or else they risk losing him for free next season – potentially even to a Premier League rival, if they continue to reject the interest from the Spanish capital.
Chelsea have insisted they will never sell their most prized asset to a rival in the English top flight, but they will have no control over his future should they hold him against his will.
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Stamford Bridge chief Maurizio Sarri recently joked that £100million is ‘too cheap’ for the Belgian.
He said: “£100million is too cheap in this market. It’s impossible to find another Hazard, [his] level is so high. You’d have to find two players to make the level of Hazard.
“I don’t know [about Hazard’s future], I have no idea…I think it’s very hard to change Hazard with another player.
“I can’t do anything…but if Eden wants another experience, it’s very difficult to keep him.
“We are trying to improve, we are trying to become one of the best teams in England and Europe but I have to respect his decision.”
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