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Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard for the past two seasons, and according to reports, Chelsea and Real Madrid are set to agree a fee of £86m to allow the Belgian leave for the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
While Chelsea fans have urged Hazard to remain at the club, it seems like the Belgian confirmed after the goalless draw against Leicester City on Sunday that he has told the club weeks ago about his decision to leave this summer.
He said: “I have made my decision but it is not just about me. I told the club a couple of weeks ago. I wanted it to be cleared up earlier but that’s not happened. I’m still waiting, like the fans are waiting.”
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes Hazard has risen to be among the best players in Chelsea history and thinks that his wish should be respected but admits it’ll be a shame for Chelsea to lose and that his exit would weaken the Premier League.
“I would certainly say that in the seven years Eden Hazard has been at Chelsea he’s elevated himself to one of the great players in their history, without a doubt, in terms of what he’s done on the pitch,” he said.
“It would be a shame for the Premier League and for Chelsea to lose him.
“But we have to also understand the individuals’ wants and desires on the pitch and what they want to do.
“I actually don’t know [whether Hazard will leave]. The signs are that he might be leaving, it seems, if the clubs can agree on that and if that’s what the player wants.
“I know Eden and I like him and I would go by what he wants to do.”