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Eden Hazard could still sign a new contract at Chelsea if Real Madrid does not come calling in the summer, claims European football expert Gabriele Marcotti.
“[Hazard joining Madrid is] not inevitable,” Marcotti said on ESPN FC. “We always need to remind ourselves of this, whether it’s Hazard or [Paul] Pogba.
“Real Madrid do not have infinite resources, despite what people think.
“They’ve spent a lot of money on Eder Militao already. They can only buy one, possibly two, A-list superstars on top of that.
“And beyond that if they want to buy more they need to go and get rid of players. Chelsea are respecting that, if the offer comes in the summer, he’s going to go.
“If it doesn’t come, because he’s only got a year left on his deal, if it doesn’t come and they’re not that interested in him, and Chelsea offer him a new contract, which they will, then he’s going to stick around.”
Hazard fuelled speculation over a possible Stamford Bridge exit by speaking of his admiration for Zinedine Zidane earlier this week, and the Madrid boss has reportedly already been in contact with the forward.
Zidane is hopeful that the 28-year-old can spearhead the Madrid attack in a similar way to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club last summer.
Hazard has scored 105 goals in 339 appearances since joining Chelsea in 2012.