Chelsea look set to benefit from Zinedine Zidane’s shock resignation as Real Madrid boss, with the Stamford Bridge club now more confident that they will be able to convince their star attacker Eden Hazard to commit his long term future to the club.
Hazard’s contract with the Blues is set to expire at the end of next season and the Belgium international has been stalling on signing a new deal for the best part of a year, despite Chelsea offering him a rumoured £300,000-a-week.
The 27-year-old has often spoke about how former France international Zidane was his idol growing up and the Stamford Bridge outfit had been bracing themselves for a mega money bid from Real this summer.
However, according to a report in the London Evening Standard, Hazard’s chances of moving to the Bernabeu have seriously decreased, due to Zidane quitting his post as Los Blancos manager last week.
One of the main reasons the three time Champions League winning coach has left the Spanish capital is due to an argument over signings, with the Madrid hierarchy keen for youngsters like Isco and Marco Ansensio to become first team regulars next season.
Chelsea fans will no doubt be delighted by this news as Hazard, who joined from Lille in 2012, has become the London clubs’ key man over the last few season and is the player supporters would least like to lose.
However, other clubs may still coming calling for the talented attacker, with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City also said to be interested in securing his services this summer.