SARRI REVEALS WHY HAZARD MAY HAVE TO LEAVE CHELSEA

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Real Madrid have been interested in Chelsea star Eden Hazard for some years now, and the Spanish giants are keen on pushing for the Belgian this summer.

Hazard, 28, moved to Chelsea in 2012 at age 21, and he has gone on to become one of the best players in the world, which has since attracted the interest of Real Madrid.

Madrid will revamp their squad this summer after a below par season, and they see Hazard as the perfect big name signing for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard’s contract will wind up in the summer of 2020 – meaning Chelsea won’t have much negotiation power at the end of the season, and might just be forced to sell the Belgian.

Hazard is yet to sign a new contract, and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has insisted that the club should sell the 28-year-old if he wants to leave and keep him only if he wants to stay.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s game against Bournemouth, Sarri said: “Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go. Of course, I hope the opposite.

“I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.

“Sometimes he’s happy with something less. It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best. Sometimes I have to say something in the pressroom on that. It’s normal. It’s my job.

“But I was really very happy with the last performance [against Tottenham].”

Hazard has always flirted with a move to Real Madrid and hasn’t hidden his desire to play for the Los Blancos, and he has also said he won’t mind staying at Chelsea.

He told RMC Sport in December: “I do not want to have any regrets at the end of my career. It’s a decision I’m going to make, I do not know when, but I’ll take it.

“Me, you know me, I’ve always loved Real, even before [Zinedine] Zidane, we’ll see what happens.

“As I said, I’m already finishing this year with Chelsea, I still have a year of contract after this year, we’ll see.”

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