Eden Hazard's stock rose quite a bit out in Russia.
The Belgian arrived on the back of a fairly good season with Chelsea, but seemed to explode into life with the Red Devils at the World Cup.
Hazard finished the tournament with three goals to his name and four assists, the highest goal involvement for a Belgian player in a single tournament since 1966.
After sealing Belgium's third-place finish with a well-taken goal against England, the narrative will switch to Hazard's club future.
He only has two years left on his deal with Chelsea, with no reports suggesting he's set to extend in the near future.
For the past few years, Real Madrid have been regularly linked with him and this summer, their bitter rivals Barcelona have joined the party.
Reports from Spain have stated that the Blaugrana have already made contact with Hazard's camp.
But how does Hazard feel about the whole thing?
Well, he finally responded to the rumours after the England game, with Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur publishing the quotes on Sunday morning.
When asked about Barcelona, Hazard said: “We all know that I have always felt good at Chelsea, so.... I have been linked with all the big clubs in the past.
"Next week it will be Bayern. No I’m joking. You all know what my preferred destination is.”
Interesting. So it seems clear that if Hazard is to leave Chelsea this summer, it will be for Real Madrid.
Terreur published some other quotes on Saturday which supported the Los Blancos theory, but also suggested that Hazard may not wish to move on this summer.
He said: “After 6 wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. Certainly after this World Cup.
"I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.
"We knew already for a while that Sarri was going to become the new manager. If he's a good manager? If he lets me win trophies, yes.
"Dries Mertens has told me he's a good coach. We'll have to work hard. The Italian way, but we were used to that with Antonio too."
Would be nice if Hazard could give some more clarity in the near future.
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