Death, taxes, Eden Hazard-to-Real Madrid. The only three things that are certain on this planet ... at least until Eden puts pen to paper on a new deal with Chelsea. (Ed.note: whether that comes before the heat death of the universe or the evolution of a tax-free Utopian society remains to be seen however.)
The last time we heard about this was last month, when Chelsea were reportedly prioritising negotiations over Eden’s new contract. That prioritization has resulted in zero updates, even while Hazard was sidelined with a back injury — thanks, Ashley Young! — which would’ve given him ample time for negotiations. And so the Real Madrid links persist.
But also persistent is Eden’s unfaltering focus on Chelsea. And his persistent refusal to commit to anything beyond just this current season.
“I only think about Chelsea now. The competition lasts 7 to 8 months, after which I see what happens.”
Status quo, maintained.
That said, Hazard seems to be happy with how things are going under the new management, and if we can build on that, not only can we convince Hazard to sign, but we might even collect a few trophies.
“The coach has the same football philosophy as I do. He always thinks of the ball. How we as players think about football, that is also his way of thinking. If you see how Napoli plays, it’s thanks to Sarri. His style is now reflected at Chelsea, he also has players who fit into the system. So yes, we’re very happy, we play football well.”
Now, Hazard is back in Belgium to play for the national team and pay a visit to little brother (and Chelsea loanee) Kylian, who recently scored his first goal for Cercle Brugge. Eden is the ultimate family man after all.
“Hopefully I have time to see him play in Belgium. It is not easy to make me free, even with my children. I did not see Thorgan playing football in Waregem, only in the cup final in Brussels.”
-Eden Hazard; source: Sporza via Google Translate
A bit of rest, relaxation, and a visit with the rest of his family; hopefully Hazard comes back recharged and ready to tackle the meaty part of the season after the international break. Whatever the future may hold will depend in part on the success of this season.