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Hazard set to ‘force Chelsea’s hand’ as Real Madrid step up interest

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will agitate for a move to Real Madrid at the season’s end after Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment as manager at The Bernabeu.

The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Spain in recent seasons, with the Belgian having given officials at Stamford Bridge no indication he will sign a new contract with his current deal set to expire in 2020.

Chelsea’s position has been further worsened by their two-window transfer ban for breaking rules on their approach to signing U18s, with the club’s recruitment plans on hold as they wait for the verdict of their appeal.

According to The Guardian Hazard’s reluctance to extend his deal in West London will force Chelsea into negotiating with the Spanish giants, who are set for heavy investment this summer following a disappointing campaign.

Having moved away from the ‘Galactico’ policy in recent seasons, their last high profile signing being James Rodriguez’s £63m move from Monaco in 2014, Madrid look set to invest significantly this season and have prioritised Hazard as their top target.

Hazard has made no secret of his desire to one day play in the Spanish capital, with his long-standing admiration for Zidane another key factor in his decision to leave the Premier League for La Liga.

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