Belgium’s Eden Hazard up there with the best - Scotland’s Kenny McLean

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2019

He's a player who's gone through clubs and can be treated as a hero.

Before that Hazard will be hoping to lead his national team to victory in the Euro 2020 qualifiers as they welcome Scotland to the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Tuesday night.

Chelsea said the club had tried to persuade Hazard to stay.

In a best-case scenario, Chelsea will have their two-window transfer ban frozen this summer, meaning they can complete a potential deal for the impressive Guedes ahead of the new campaign. Real Madrid's manager said that in April 2010, nearly a decade ago, when the Frenchman was just about to return to the Bernabéu as presidential adviser and Hazard was 19 and playing for Lille.

Real Madrid finished third in La Liga this past season, finishing behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as the club struggled to truly replace Cristiano Ronaldo following the Portuguese star's move to Juventus.

Hazard signed for Chelsea from Lille in 2012 and made 352 appearances for the Blues, scoring 110 goals.

According to the same story, Chelsea FC are in the market to sign a versatile winger to fill Hazard's void and Bailey fits the bill. Assuming he plays in his favoured position on the left of a front three, it would mean displacing the 18-year-old Brazilian, Vinicius Junior, who enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough year last season. He was also, Zidane said, "the star of the future".

Chelsea have reportedly identified Valencia's Goncalo Guedes as Eden Hazard's long-term replacement and have offered £62m for the Portuguese global. There's an honesty about the way Hazard has spoken and a certain loyalty too - not just to Madrid or to Zidane, but also to Chelsea.

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