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Wednesday 10, October
- Real Madrid have abandoned plans to sign Eden Hazard in January
- They will instead wait until next summer for a lower fee
- Alvaro Morata does not believe Eden Hazard will agitate for a move
- Jurgen Klopp was the subject of interest from Real Madrid last summer
Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
Real Madrid have abandoned plans to sign Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard in January, reports claim.
In-form forward Hazard, who has two years left on his Chelsea contract, has cast fresh doubt on his Stamford Bridge future by admitting it has been a dream of his to play for Real.
But contrary to recent reports, it will NOT happen in January.
That’s according to Spanish newspaper Marca, who claim Real Madrid are happy to wait until the end of the season when Hazard will have just 12 months remaining on his contract.
Marca say owner Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia want a fee for their talented Belgian international.
And will be forced to sanction his sale for a heavily reduced fee – in much the same way as Thibaut Courtois was sold for just £35million in August.
“I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” Hazard said. “So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go.
“Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so.”
Morata: Hazard won’t push for exit
Chelsea’s former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata does not believe Eden Hazard will agitate for a move to the Spanish capital, despite the forward casting fresh doubt on his future.
Two key Chelsea players have departed for the Spanish capital in the last two years: Diego Costa for Atletico Madrid in October 2017 and Thibaut Courtois for Real in July 2018.
Both players made clear their desire to leave Stamford Bridge, but Morata does not anticipate Hazard forcing the issue.
He may not have to. Spanish station SER reported that Madrid are ready to make a January move for Hazard, whose contract expires at the end of next season.
Morata told Spanish broadcaster Cuatro: “We’ve said that it’s not that he wants to leave Chelsea but if Madrid come in for him, that won’t be an obstacle.
“The thing is that he has a very good relationship with the club, he’s happy there and it’s not like other cases when a player wants to leave a club at any cost, but if it’s good for Chelsea they will keep that in mind.”
Jurgen Klopp transfer claim
Jurgen Klopp was the subject of interest from Real Madrid last summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Reds boss celebrated the third anniversary of his Anfield appointment this week with the Merseyside outfit currently joint top of the Premier League.
But according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid were keen to bring Klopp in as the successor to Zinedine Zidane in the summer.
It is claimed that Lopetegui – who is currently under pressure due to Madrid’s poor form – was not actually their first choice option.
Instead, the La Liga giants contacted Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino among others.
Their interest in the Italian and Argentine tacticians were very much public, but it is alleged that Klopp was lined up to take over from Zidane.
In fact Mundo Deportivo even say that Real’s No 1 option was Klopp, whose Liverpool lost the Champions League final to Madrid back in May.
It is thought that the German’s attractive brand of attacking football at both Liverpool and his former club Borussia Dortmund.
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