Real Madrid have been keen on signing Chelsea star Eden Hazard over the years, and the Los Blancos have reportedly submitted a bid for the Chelsea star this month, which has been rejected by the club.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a keen admirer of Hazard and will want to take the 28-year-old Belgium captain to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Madrid plan on overhauling their squad that has seemed weak and flopped for much of the season, and Hazard is a star name the Bernabeu chiefs are looking out for.
However, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has advised Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid to forget about Hazard and rather place their focus on Manchester City star Raheem Sterling. Sterling has been in good form this season and is a contender for the Player of the Year award, and Sutton has hailed him as a world-class player, telling Zidane to rather go for Sterling than Hazard.
“You have to say that Raheem Sterling is now world class,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
“If you were Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, surely you would want to buy him over Eden Hazard. Is there anything Sterling cannot do? His weight of pass is superb, his movement off the ball is lethal and he has become deadly in front of goal.
“What defender in the world would want to face Sterling in this form? It doesn’t matter if you take him on or back off — either way he will destroy you.
“He is still just 24 and improving year on year. His wonderful performances for England in the last two games have confirmed that he can thrive on the international stage.
“Sterling is one of the hottest properties in world football. If I was Real Madrid, I’d be making him my No1 target.”
Very good advice from Sutton. Hopefully, Zidane will see this and rather sign Sterling than Eden Hazard, which will be a relief to Chelsea fans, especially as the club are faced with a transfer ban.