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Chelsea fires warning at Real Madrid over interest on Eden Hazard 

by Anthony Nlebem

October 17, 2018 | 5:46 pm
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Chelsea are ready to fight tooth and nail to keep Eden Hazard from Real Madrid

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck insists the Premier League club will do everything they can to convince Eden Hazard to snub a move to Real Madrid. Earlier in the month, Hazard reiterated his desire to one day play for Real Madrid, revealing it has been his ‘dream’ since he was a child. The Belgian star’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer of 2020 and Real are believed to be plotting a move for him ahead of next summer’s transfer window.

Hazard has already scored eight goals for Chelsea this season and his form has led many to label him the best player in the Premier League. And Buck, Chelsea’s chairman since 2003, has attempted to reassure Blues fans that the club will do everything in its power to prevent Hazard from leaving. Speaking at a Financial Times future of football event in Doha, Buck said: ‘Every Chelsea fan in London and around the world loves Eden Hazard.

“He’s not only a great footballer but I think he’s a wonderful lad. ‘We want him to stay and we will do what we have to do to entice him to stay.

“Let’s see how it goes between now and the end of the season.”

Hazard will hope to maintain his impressive run for the Blues on Saturday when struggling Manchester United travel to west London.

Former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson says Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, but has called on the Belgian to be more consistent. He told Sky Sports: “I would say so Hazard is the best in the Premier League. “He’s the top scorer, he’s making things happen. A couple of weeks ago, I would have said he was the best player in the world, but then Messi put in that performance against Tottenham at Wembley.

“The problem with Hazard, and I’m a massive fan of his, is that he can go missing for six months at a time. You’ve seen it twice at Chelsea – last season, for instance.

“Messi doesn’t do that. He might go missing for one game, but Hazard has done it for big parts of seasons where it hasn’t been going well for his team. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen Messi have two bad games on the trot, but Hazard went missing for big parts of last season, and the one where Mourinho got sacked (2015-16 campaign).

“He’s got to sort his consistency out, more than anything. He’s been great this season, but we’ve seen that before, when Chelsea last won the league.”

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