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Eden Hazard was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer..

Journalist offers interesting insight on Eden Hazard to Real Madrid that sums the player up

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Eden Hazard has started the new season in style - in fact, he's arguably been the best in Europe so far.

That's certainly the viewpoint held by Maurizio Sarri, who was full of praise for his number ten after Hazard's hat-trick against Cardiff on Saturday.

"I thought he [Hazard] was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best,” said Sarri after the game.

The Belgian is now the Premier League's top scorer, despite barely playing 300 minutes over the first five games.

His output of five goals and two assists in that time means he's involved in over two goals per 90 minutes - a ridiculously good return.

And some would consider Chelsea lucky to still have Hazard after he was so strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

The speculation reached pretty intense heights once Hazard was saying things like "I think Real is everyone's dream" but he eventually stayed.

Matt Law, a journalist with the Telegraph, recently spoke on Sunday Supplement about the move, explaining exactly why Chelsea weren't too worried despite Hazard making such comments.

"After Belgium beat England in the World Cup, Hazard gave an interview where he basically said he wanted to go to Real Madrid - Chelsea never really had any worries about him," said Law.

Eden Hazard scored a hattrick against Cardiff on Saturday.

"They knew he would not be like Thibaut Courtois, who went AWOL to get his move to Madrid over the line. They knew Hazard would not sulk and would be absolutely fine.

"There was no panic at Chelsea and that told you everything about him as a lad and a character.

"Whether the Real Madrid link has gone or comes back, if Hazard stays at Chelsea for the rest of his career I think he will be perfectly happy. As long as he is playing in a team that allows him to be free and score he will be happy."

There was, apparently, one scenario that would have made things difficult - if Antonio Conte had stayed.

Hazard looked a likely replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus.

"That [Hazard's happiness] was the problem at the end of Conte's tenure," Law explained. "He didn't feel free and there was a real big fear at Chelsea that if Conte had stayed that would be when Hazard would look to go.

"It wouldn't have been about going to a bigger club, it would have been about his own personal happiness - he's got the smile back now."

It says a lot about Hazard that he prioritises his happiness over a move to a 'bigger' or richer club.

He looks to be enjoying his football more than ever right now - keep that up and he'll be in blue for a long time to come.

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Maurizio Sarri
Thibaut Courtois
Belgium Football
Eden Hazard
Real Madrid
Premier League

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