Hazard eyes Bridge exit

LONDON. – Eden Hazard wants to leave Chelsea this summer and has reached a verbal agreement with Real Madrid, according to reports in France.

After an impressive Soccer World Cup campaign with Belgium, the 27-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain ahead of the new season.

Following Belgium’s win over England in their third-place playoff, Hazard gave a clear indication that he is aiming to leave Chelsea.

“After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different,” said the midfielder. “Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

According to RMC Sport, Real Madrid are actively looking to sign Hazard this summer. And the report claims that the Belgian already has a verbal agreement in place with the Spanish club’s management. Madrid, however, have not yet agreed a fee with Chelsea.

The midfielder still has two years remaining on his contract but his value will drastically reduce if he fails to sign a new deal and remains at Stamford Bridge for another season.

Last week, reports claimed that Chelsea will demand at least £200 million from Madrid for Hazard. While on Tuesday, RMC Sport also reported that Chelsea and Madrid have agreed a £31m transfer fee for Thibaut Courtois and the Belgian goalkeeper is set to sign a four-year contract with the Champions League holders. – Metro.

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