Just in case there were any lingering doubts, Eden Hazard has dispelled them once and for all: “Real Madrid is the best club in the world,” the Chelsea star told the media after the Blues’ Premier League win over Southampton on Sunday. “I don’t want to lie today. It [playing for Real] is my dream since I was a kid.”
His words will reverberate around Stamford Bridge and excite a Real Madrid fanbase so in need of good news in these moments of crisis at the Bernabéu, but the player’s ambition is one thing; that it becomes a reality is quite another. Because this is hardly the first time that the Belgium international, or a member of his camp, has openly cast an admiring glance at the European champions.
In the past couple of years, Hazard has flirted with Los Blancos on several occasions. “If Real Madrid want me, they know what they need to do do,” he said in June, before telling a later interview during the World Cup that playing for Real is “everyone’s dream”, adding: “Zidane or no Zidane, the white jersey is special.”
So far, the relationship between Hazard and Real Madrid has been limited to public declarations that have never come to anything concrete. Perhaps now it’ll be different. The Belgian, who is in the form of his life at Chelsea, has made it clear that he intends to pull on the Real shirt in the near future.