Alejandro Moreno believes Real Madrid will not put Chelsea star Eden Hazard at the top of their wish list this coming summer.
Zinedine Zidane is back at the Santiago Bernabeu dugout after the sacking of Santiago Solari this week and with the club reportedly readying a transfer war chest for the returning Frenchman in the summer, Hazard has once again featured in the radar of the Spanish giants. Hazard was touted by Zidane as a major target last summer but the World Cup-winning midfielder astonishingly left Madrid following a third consecutive Champions League trophy.
With Zidane back at to Los Merengues, Hazard’s name has again made the rounds in the club’s priority signings. The 28-year-old Belgian himself has not hidden his desire to play for the famous white shirt of Real, having refrained from signing a new contract at Chelsea even with less than 18 months remaining on his current deal. Along with his dream of being coached by Zidane himself, Hazard may now finally exert himself more in an effort to force an exit from west London and make the move to the Spanish capital.
However, football pundit Moreno reckons the Belgian will not be the No1 target of Los Blancos. The ex-Venezuela international insists the Real Madrid hierarchy wants to make a statement signing once again and will target Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe instead. He further opines the talented Frenchman will be a signing not only for Los Merengues’ present but the future as well and will help fill the Cristiano Ronaldo-shaped hole in the Madrid squad.
“The reason I can say no to Eden Hazard is because I’ve got this [Mbappe]. I have Kylian Mbappe, who would be priority one for me if I was Zinedine Zidane,” said the pundit.
“If I’m Real Madrid I want to attract attention, I want to attract marketing, I want to cover that [Cristiano] Ronaldo hole. Who better than Kylian Mbappe? For the next 10 years.”
After talking about Mbappe, Moreno went back to Hazard, saying the Chelsea forward did not really make much of an effort to force a way out of the west London side despite heavy interest from Real Madrid last summer.
“Eden Hazard, he had his chance, I don’t think so,” continued Moreno. “It didn’t quite work out, he didn’t push hard enough, he’s stayed at Chelsea.”