Real Madrid are looking to sign a world-class player to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo and had targetted Eden Hazard in the summer but a move did not materialize.
Real Madrid will again show their interest in signing Eden Hazard next summer. The Belgian is one of the best players in the world and his performance for Chelsea is a testament to that. he will likely end up joining Real Madrid though Chelsea would not be interested.
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is linked with a return to Real Madrid, but according to Calcioland podcast producer and co-host Alex Goldberg, it would not hesitate Hazard from joining Real Madrid. He said, “Honestly no [I don’t think Mourinho moving to Real Madrid would keep Eden Hazard at Chelsea], because Hazard did say he’d like to work with Mourinho again,” he told the Calcioland podcast.
“That ended badly with Mourinho and Hazard and really the rest of the Chelsea group. This is the thing with Mourinho, when it gets ugly usually in that third year and he leaves, the papers write about the star that he had a row with, in this case, it was [Paul] Pogba, but in that year with Chelsea it was probably Hazard first and foremost,“ he said.
“Even though it was not nearly as nasty as the one with Pogba, but nonetheless he’s always kind of had a row with a star, so the papers made it seem like it was Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas almost.
Goldberg also said if Conte joined Real Madrid, it would their hopes of signing Eden Hazard. He said, “But there was kind of mutual respect between Hazard and Mourinho once Mourinho left. Hazard even talked about sending him a text message and wishing him well and I think vice-versa. So, honestly, if Mourinho went to Real Madrid I don’t think that would end it. If Antonio Conte went to Real Madrid, that would end it. Eden Hazard does not wanna play any more football under Antonio Conte.”
“And it’s funny, you may say to me well why? Because Conte and Mourinho at least lately are playing a similar type of football. They’re parking the bus, you could say. So why would he wanna play with Mourinho and then not wanna play with Conte? But he sees more eye-to-eye with Jose Mourinho that he does with Antonio Conte,” he added.
“So if Jose went to Real Madrid, no I would still be nervous. But maybe if Eden Hazard continued like he’s continuing right now with Maurizio Sarri, and Hazard keeps talking about Sarri’s type of football and what Sarri does is what Hazard loves, if that was the contrast and he continued like this under Sarri and then Jose went to Real Madrid and he knew the type of football it would be at Real Madrid, it could still help. But it’s up to Eden Hazard. It was his dream to play for Real Madrid as a kid, so if Jose Mourinho went there I certainly wouldn’t rule it out,” Goldberg said.
Reports suggest Mourinho may return to Real Madrid. However, I don’t think that it will stop Hazard from joining Los Blancos. Real Madrid have long been interested in signing the attacker. If Real Madrid come calling in the summer, there is only little Chelsea can do to stop it.