Eden Hazard makes clear willingness to join Real Madrid: 'They know what they have to do if they want me'

The Chelsea playmaker has yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, with his current contract due to expire in 2020

Samuel Lovett
Monday 18 June 2018 11:59 BST
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Eden Hazard has yet to commit his future to Chelsea
Eden Hazard has yet to commit his future to Chelsea (Getty)

Eden Hazard has made clear his willingness to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid after telling the European champions that “they know what they have to do if they want me”.

The Chelsea playmaker, who has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent seasons, has yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, with his current contract due to expire in 2020.

Hazard admitted in the wake of last season that he is considering his options and now, ahead of Belgium’s World Cup opener against Panama, told L’Equipe that he would only be happy to stay at Chelsea if they improve.

“If I stay then it would be because they are going to improve on last season,” he said. “I am not going to remain if they are going to be worse.

“Real Madrid could be interesting for me as everyone knows. They know what they have to do if they want me.

“If it is going to Madrid just to go there then no. I need a project and at Chelsea I have one. If I have a good World Cup then it will all be a lot easier. I don’t want to speak about transfers at the moment because I have been asked a lot and in London I have won everything except for the Champions League. I am at this stage of my career thanks to Chelsea.”

Hazard also stressed that his future is dependent on Antonio Conte's, with the Italian's own place at the club currently unresolved.

“To say that I am going would be too easy and so first of all I want to see what will happen at Chelsea ahead of next season. I want to see if the coach stays or not.”

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