After Chelsea’s emotion-filled match against Eintracht Frankfurt last night, which sent the Blues to the Europa League final in Baku later this month, winning penalty-scorer Eden Hazard said he was not yet sure of where he will be playing next season.
But reports in the media continue to be quite sure that’s not going to be Chelsea, and the Independent’s saying today that he is “on the verge” of agreeing a move to Real Madrid. (Shocker!) They claim he’s “determined” to join the Galacticos, having rejected multiple Chelsea approaches to make him the best paid player in the Premier League — this latter part, about the failed Chelsea extension offers, we’ve known for a while of course.
There was plenty to hint that Hazard was just being diplomatic in yesterday’s interview, and the report is just the latest to claim that the 28-year-old superstar is close to agreeing personal terms (a.k.a. contract) with Zidane’s team. But this report also makes clear what all other reports have mentioned as well, that Chelsea are not budging on the transfer fee, which is set at around £100-120m minimum.
In the meantime, the focus remains on the football. We have a great chance to finish third, ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League, and we can cap it off with a European trophy 2.5-weeks after that, against Arsenal.
If these are to be Hazard’s last steps as a Chelsea player, may they be victorious ones.