The ongoing transfer story of the summer linked Eden Hazard with Real Madrid, a rumour that gained pace when his international team-mate Thibaut Courtois made the switch to the Spanish capital. However, with just a week and a half left of the La Liga window, Hazard looks to be staying put until January at least when Los Blancos will probably renew their interest in an attempt to unsettle the Belgium star.
The Blues have tried to act fast on the news that their main man will stay by tabling a reported £300,000 a week contract which would make him the highest earner at the club and one of the best-paid athletes in world sport. Although, it doesn’t seem to be as easy as just throwing an immense amount of money at the 27-year-old who is clearly more focused on achieving his career goals.
Hazard has said that he will only sign the mega contract on one condition: if Chelsea secure a place in the Champions League for the 2019/2020 campaign. This comes on the back of his side’s failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition last term, leaving them in the Europa League for the current season.
This certainly isn’t an unfair request for a player who rightly wants to play at the top level, especially whilst he’s enjoying a state of peak performance. Sarri has emphasised that his minimum requirement from the squad is for them to work themselves back into the top four to compete with the best teams in Europe for the trophy they won once back in 2012.
Real Madrid are a side that can consistently offer their transfer targets a place in a team challenging for the Champions League trophy which is why Eden Hazard has realised that he must demand the same from his current employers. The positive for Blues fans is that their little magician won’t be moving this summer and, on top of that, that they have a fantastic chance of tying him down to a new contract.