REAL MADRID BOSS ZINEDINE ZIDANE ADMITS HIS ADMIRATION FOR CHELSEA STAR EDEN HAZARD

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for some time and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted his admiration for the Belgian.

Real Madrid are expected to undertake a major rebuilding job after a disappointing season and Hazard is a key transfer target for the Spanish club.

Asked if Madrid might seek to lure Hazard from west London, Zidane said: “I will not give my personal opinion about what may happen because the season has not ended, but I’ve always appreciated him.

“I’ve seen him a lot since I was playing in France. He’s fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Hazard has advised Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to remain humble and not let the current frenzy around him get to him. As a teenager, Hazard was already dominating the French league before moving to Chelsea in 2012 for a massive fee at age 21, having won the French Ligue One’s best player awards for two consecutive seasons.

Hudson-Odoi got his first Premier League start against the Seagulls, and the 18-year-old even played the entire game as Chelsea took all three points in the fight for a top four finish.

“I told him if he stays humble at first, for me it is the best thing, to stay humble,” said Hazard. “Work in training, score goals, and then be happy on the pitch. He can go very far.

“I was not listening to everything [people said about me]. Then I think my family also helped me to stay humble.

“In football that can happen very quickly, you can be at the top in two months, and then in two months, everyone can forget about you. But I think if you keep your feet on the floor and train…

“I think for him it is easy because the players he has around him are quite humble, so if we were all thinking we are the best, for him, it could be hard to stay humble. But he is intelligent and has a family that cares for him.”

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