Spending £100m on Hazard no problem for Real, says former chief Calderon

Posted March 29, 2017

Chelsea have been warned by a former Real Madrid president they won't be able to stop Eden Hazard from joining the Spanish giants this summer if he wants to make the move.

Hazard is already Chelsea's highest-paid player, having signed a £200,000-a-week contract, plus bonuses, two years ago but the 26-year-old could earn a significant increase after rediscovering his best form this season.

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Pedro and Willian are quality forwards but don't strike the same fear into defenders as Hazard does, because the ball sticks to the Belgian's feet, and he then has the pace and strength to get past defenders and shrug them off. Sky sources understand Real Madrid are interested in signing the Chelsea star, and Davie Provan discusses the Belgian's future.

They have previously been heavily linked with Manchester United's David De Gea but now they are reportedly turning their attention to Courtois.

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In the past week, Chelsea followers have seen key striker Diego Costa and in-form goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois suffer injury scares while star player Eden Hazard has become the subject of intense transfer speculation. That Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is apparently an idol of Hazard's and that the French World Cup victor has, in return, always spoken about him in glowing terms only adds further fuel to the rumours. One way or another, there could be a deal struck between Madrid and Chelsea for one or more players this summer. The 23-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in Serie A this season said: "I dedicate it to my fans, for I am staying", after playing in Italy's 2-0 win over Albania in Palermo.

Antonio Conte has led Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League and they are 10 points clear of the chasing pack, while Hazard is said to be loving life again at Stamford Bridge after a hard season past year.

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According to reports, Real Madrid is looking to secure the Chelsea player for world record shattering transfer deal.