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Zinedine Zidane admits he is a big fan of Eden Hazard

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Real Madrid Castilla head coach - and the current favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu this summer - Zinedine Zidane has revealed his admiration for Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Zidane believes the form of Hazard is one of the reasons why Chelsea are set to win their first Premier League title since 2010, and feels the 24-year-old has the potential to become an even better player.

These latest comments may come as a slight concern to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho who, as a former manager of Los Blancos, will be acutely aware that very few players would reject the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Spanish giants given the opportunity.

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Zidane was asked in an interview with FIFA whether there are any players in world football with the ability to make him dream, to which the France legend replied: “No. That’s not the right word. There are players I keep an eye on and who I like a lot, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course. They’re fantastic players, but I like Eden Hazard a lot too.

“I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he’s improving every year. He can still get better too, and I think he’s a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table.”

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Hazard set to win PFA award

Indeed, Hazard has been instrumental for the Blues this season and is the overwhelming favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s David de Gea.

The Belgium international has scored 18 goals in 45 appearances this season - 13 of which have come in the Premier League - beating his 17-goal tally from last term.

Some believe Hazard is now the third best player in the world behind Messi and Ronaldo - who have been in a league of their own for the best part of seven years now - but in order to close the gap on the multiple Ballon d’Or winners he must become a more prolific goalscorer.

Messi has scored 46 goals in 47 appearances this season - an average return by his own remarkably high standards - while Ronaldo recently broke the 50-goal barrier for the fifth successive season.

Hazard dreams of joining Real Madrid?

Hazard dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid last November and went on to sign a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the west London outfit four months later.

He insisted that Chelsea were the only club that makes him dream - although this is at odds with what the attacking winger’s Belgium teammate Christian Benteke revealed in December 2012.

"I am not surprised at Eden's success with Chelsea - and he can do even better," the Aston Villa was quoted as saying by Goal at the time. "He has the qualities needed to become an even greater player. His dream is to join Real Madrid - so I don't see why he can't join them in a year or two."

With Ronaldo now in his 30s and Zidane likely to replace Ancelotti, it would come as no surprise if the world-class Hazard was eventually lured to the Bernabeu within the forthcoming years.

Will Eden Hazard join Real Madrid in the future - or is he now at Chelsea for life? Have your say in the comments below!

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Zinedine Zidane
Football
La Liga
Premier League
Christian Benteke
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Eden Hazard

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