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Hazard will reportedly wait for a move to Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard would only leave Chelsea if Real Madrid came calling

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard might not be at his scintillating best this season, but that hasn't stopped him from being linked with various big-money moves away from west London.

The Belgian reportedly admitted last week that he would be tempted by a move to Ligue 1's Paris Saint-Germain, yet fresh reports suggest, as per the Telegraph, that only a move to Real Madrid would see him leave Chelsea.

Hazard has previously revealed Zinedine Zidane to be his footballing idol while growing up and that he one day dreams of playing under the France legend, who is currently manager at the Bernabeu.

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Likewise, Zidane is a big fan of the "spectacular" 25-year-old, once claiming he was his favourite player behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The issue remains that Hazard committed his long-term future to Chelsea this time last year, signing a contract extension until 2020 - concrete interest from Los Blancos could change that, though.

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Any move for the Belgian could also hinge on Real's appeal to have their transfer window ban overturned.

Genuine interest in Hazard has somewhat simmered in recent months, likely a result of his waning form over the course of the current season. However, a goal against Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday suggests he could be on the road to rediscovering previous form.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink echoed such sentiments following the 5-1 thumping at Stamford Bridge: "Hazard came back very strong. That’s what I like very much.

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"He has had setbacks in recent period caused by injuries and it's not easy to come back.

"He trained well. Bit by bit he got more minutes in the games and it's rewarded now by his assists and goal. That's good.

"Everyone was focusing on him. Of course we protect him, but we also ask him what he can do - and he did [show what he can do]."

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