You thought the Eden Hazard to Real Madrid rumours were going to die down anytime soon? Guess again!

According to Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, the Spanish giants are no longer going to chase Paris Saint-Germain’s star players Neymar Junior and Kylian Mbappé due to the French club’s valuation of the pair being too high. As a result, the long lasting, annoying flirt they have going on with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will go into the next round as Madrid plan to finally come in with an actual bid for the Belgian captain.

Apparently, Real generally intend to go on a spending spree in the summer to overhaul their aging squad due to a very patchy campaign this year. A multitude of positions will need high profile signings and splashing the cash on Paris’ most prized assets would presumably consume their entire budget. Hazard therefore seems to be the obvious choice as he’d ‘only’ command a sum in excess of approximately £100 million due to having merely 1 year remaining on his contract.

This news couldn’t have come at a worse time for Chelsea as our latest results and the uncertainty revolving around Maurizio Sarri’s job and future at the club won’t be helped by this development. Add to this that Chelsea is currently dealing with a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA, which has taken immediate effect but was appealed by the club, and things look as if they could go south very quickly.

To be fair, most Chelsea fans will admit that this move has been looming ever since Hazard joined the club back in 2012 and thus it doesn’t necessarily come as a big shock that the Belgian winger will probably join the club he dreamed about as a boy. There’s barely ever been a week that hasn’t involved such a rumour over the past few years and while most originated from less credible sources, this one does feel as if it’s the real deal and that Madrid have finally made their mind up. And, in all honesty, who can blame them; acquiring one of the most talented and technically gifted players in the world for a cut-price? Nobody, even of the stature of Real, would want to pass up on that.

Chelsea’s only hope of Eden Hazard remaining in London now is that their number #10 goes down a similar path as Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman decided not to abandon his club during their respective transfer ban throughout the 2017/18 season and signed a contract extension at the time. Considering Hazard’s reaction to Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat, as well as his permanent will to give it his all for the team, this option doesn’t seem impossible. However, it will take the club’s hierarchy quite some work in convincing the Belgian superstar.

Come on Marina, give that handsome devil a contract he can never refuse and pull at his heartstrings!