Eden Hazard's terrible form this season has not been enough to scare away interest from Real Madrid. The Chelsea star is still being linked with an £80million move to the Bernabeu in the summer and with good reason.
When Zinedine Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez, attention immediately turned towards Real Madrid's potential pursuit of Hazard. The footballing legend has admitted on more than one occasion that he is an avid admirer of the diminutive winger, making an imminent attempt to sign him seemingly inevitable.
Now, that speculation is set to intensify beyond any conceivable measure after the player himself admitted that he dreams of working under Zidane one day. Fittingly, the Frenchman was Hazard's football icon as a young boy and he is still held in high regard in the Belgian's mind.
However, Hazard made an attempt to quell the inevitable media storm by insisting he is still happy at Chelsea and referred to the long-term contract worth £200,000-a-week that he signed last year as proof of his commitment to his current club.
We're not so convinced he means it.
Here is his interview with La Capitale:
"It is always nice to hear that the player who I admired during my childhood is talking about me.
"I have always appreciated Zidane. I know him well as a player, but I don't know him as a coach, although he has made a good start at the Santiago Bernabeu. I still have a contract with Chelsea, though, and I am feeling very well here.
"Of course I would like to work with him. I watched him for hours on the television and online when I was a child. I always talked about Zidane. But I can only repeat that I am happy at Chelsea, so this is not something that is an issue now.
"Zidane has been talking about me for a few years now. That is proof that I have been doing well. It's great to hear someone like him praise you. But I am not thinking about. It's good to be praised, but I am focused on playing football."
Happy or unhappy?
The reigning PFA Player of the Year has gone completely off the boil, along with the entire Chelsea team, this season. He is still waiting for his first Premier League goal and looks absent-minded from the cause at Stamford Bridge.
Many theorised that Jose Mourinho was behind his troubles, but even with the Special One gone, the Belgian is still some way short of the high standards he set for himself in the previous campaign.
If his form fails to pick up before the summer and good offer from Real Madrid comes in, it may be best for everyone if he leaves for pastures new. It seems clear he would jump at the chance.
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