Eden Hazard says he will not force his way out of Chelsea and “will leave on good terms” if he departs the club.
Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and it would be a “dream” for the player to join them.
However, he told Telefoot (h/t Sky Sports): “Chelsea were clear to me; I could not leave [in the summer]. I accepted it. Leaving or staying, I knew I was going to be happy. I do not regret at all. I will never clash with a club. If I leave Chelsea, I will leave on good terms.”
Hazard may soon have to make a decision on his future. His current contract expires in 2020, so he’ll have just one year remaining on his deal come the end of the season, but it’s said Chelsea are hoping to tie him down on new terms.
The Belgian has enjoyed an electric start to the campaign, offering a timely reminder of why the Blues will be desperate to secure his long-term future:
Sarri’s free-flowing style seems to suit him better than the more rigid approaches employed by predecessors Jose Mourinho or Antonio Conte, and ESPN FC’s Mark Worrall and CalcioLand‘s Alex Goldberg feel the two get on well:
The good thing about Sarri is he has an avuncular nature which I think appeals to Hazard who is clearly a big kid at heart without an ounce of malice in him. They clearly have struck up a great relationship & I think it means a lot to the pair of them which is neat for Chelsea.
Joining Real Madrid might also have that effect, though, as it did on Cristiano Ronaldo when he moved there from Manchester United.
If Hazard decides he wants to make that same leap into Spanish football, Chelsea can at least feel confident he’ll continue to give his all in the meantime