The Eden-Hazard-to-Real-Madrid saga continues with the latest instalment of the drawn-out affair involving former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack urging the Belgian superstar to insist on his wish of playing for the La Liga giants if that is where he wants to be next season.
Multiple instances in the past have seen Hazard express his dream of donning the famous white jersey of Los Merengues and in a recent interview with France Football, the Belgian talisman has again hinted at the idea of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 28-year-old forward has previously expressed his interest in playing under the tutelage of childhood idol Zinedine Zidane. Yet even with the Frenchman already out of Real Madrid following a trophy-laden stint as manager, Hazard still favours a transfer to the Spanish capital, with Zidane one of the frontrunners for the permanent manager role at Manchester United.
“It’s different, but still Real,” said the Belgium international. “If he [Zidane] goes to Manchester tomorrow, for instance, I won’t be going there.”
Hazard continued by saying he may still opt to extend his deal with the Blues, which expires at the end of the following campaign. However, ex-Blues favourite Ballack believes this is precisely what puts the Belgian in a position of strength.
“Eden Hazard has to decide if he wants to stay or not,” said the former Chelsea midfielder. “He’s not only an outstanding player at Chelsea but also in the Premier League. Now he has to decide if he wants to play at an ultimate top club. That’s what he’s already communicated from time to time.”
More “Assertive” Hazard
Ballack continued by saying that Hazard must become more assertive of his Bernabeu dreams.
“In my opinion he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea,” added Ballack. “There should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes. He can do that because he is in an outstanding position.
“If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”