Eden Hazard bowed out of the 2018 World Cup with a goal and Man of the Match performance as Belgium beat England 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The win clinched third place at the tournament for the Red Devils, their best-ever finish, and intensified claims that Hazard should win the Golden Ball.
Chelsea's main man has produced moments of brilliance in each of his six appearances in Russia, registering three goals and two assists.
At the age of 27, Hazard is considering his club future and sparked more talk about a potential switch to Real Madrid following the defeat of England.
If those honest comments didn't get Chelsea supporters feeling a little bit worried, what Brian Laudrup has now claimed is almost certain to.
Hazard weighing up his options
After helping his country to third place at the World Cup, the Belgium captain cast doubt over his future in west London during his post-match interview.
"After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different," the world-class forward said. "You know my preferred destination."
Hazard, who scored 17 goals for Chelsea last season, has been linked with both Champions League holders Madrid and Spanish champions Barcelona.
Laudrup: What Hazard told me about Real
Laudrup, brother to Danish legend Michael, had a lengthy career which included spells at Bayern Munich and Chelsea, during the 1998-99 campaign, scoring once in 11 games.
The former Chelsea midfielder has provided a strong indication that Hazard will join Real this summer after revealing what the 27-year-old recently told him.
Speaking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti in his native country, Laudrup said, per Sport: "I spoke with (Eden) Hazard a few days ago.
"He told me that's he's preparing to join Madrid. I think it'll be a good decision for him as well as Real Madrid because you're talking about a world class player here."
The 49-year-old, who played 82 times for Denmark, added: "Again, in Russia (at the World Cup), he proved how good he is."
Will Hazard stay or go?
Chelsea will be desperate that the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, who has promised to play more entertaining football, can entice Hazard to stay.
However, no one can argue that he would be a superb acquisition for Los Blancos as they aim to fill the void of Juventus newboy Cristiano Ronaldo.
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