Eden Hazard has said that he is finding it a ‘hard decision’ over whether to renew his Chelsea contract and has reiterated that moving to Real Madrid is something he has dreamed about.
Chelsea are keen to secure Hazard on a new deal following a summer of interest from Madrid, but the Belgium international has so far been reluctant to renew a contract which has less than two years left to run on it.
The 27-year-old has been central to Chelsea’s impressive form this season, with Maurizio Sarri’s side second in the Premier League on goal difference after eight games going into the international break.
Hazard is the Premier League’s top goalscorer with seven goals after his strike in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Southampton and he admits that his next decision could define his future.
“Yes, that’s why I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” Hazard told reporters .
“I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment. Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today.
“It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so. It is also when you have a dream and you want to make it happen.
“It is like I have said a lot of times, if I leave I will be happy. I know if I stay, I will be happy. It is not like if I go I am happy and if I stay that I am unhappy.”
Hazard’s close friend Thibaut Courtois who is now a Real Madrid man has become a pariah among the Chelsea fanbase after a series of press conferences has left them frustrated.
What is clear is that Chelsea are becoming reliant on Hazard, who has been involved in 12 goals in his last 11 appearances, scoring nine times and providing three assists.