Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has quashed rumours of Real Madrid’s interest in Eden Hazard and says if Madrid wanted the Belgium winger, he would be among the first to know.
Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane had revealed his admiration for Hazard, who won the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, last week and the Frenchman’s comments were interpreted as a sign of courtship designed to lure the Belgian playmaker away from Stamford Bridge.
Hazard, who became the first Belgian player to win the PFA Player of the Year Award, has scored 18 goals this season but his work ethic has impressed everyone as much as his individual skills.
When asked whether £100m would be enough to part with Hazard, Mourinho said: “Plus one of their three best players. £100m each leg, because he’s very young.”
“I don’t believe (it) because they didn’t tell me,” he said.
“If they want him, I think I would be the first one to know, because my relationship with the president (Florentino Perez) and with the CEO (Jose Angel Sanchez) doesn’t give space for something to happen behind me.
“I trust them completely. If they want him they get on the telephone and they call me to tell me they want him.”
Can Real Madrid make a move for Hazard? Well, at this moment, it looks highly unlikely as Los Blancos have abundance of quality wingers / playmakers at disposal. Madrid’s obsession with signing top talents across the world could see them making move for the Belgium international in future but right now they have other priorities and the reinforcement is needed elsewhere.
Hazard, since joining from Lille in 2012, has gradually developed into a world class player at Chelsea, and certainly has the potential to emulate the likes of Ronaldo and Messi. However, unlike Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, established Premier League superstars moving to Real Madrid, Hazard doesn’t need to follow the same route. He is happy at Chelsea and can achieve everything he wish for at the London club.