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Chelsea are resigned to losing Eden Hazard. The Belgian has long been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid thought to be the frontrunners for his signature, Sky Sport claims.
Hazard’s current contract expires in 2020 and his club have been unsuccessful in tying him down despite months of offers, according to OK Diario.
The Belgian winger, 27, signed his latest extension in February 2015 and was the club’s highest player with his £200,000-a-week deal.
But N’Golo Kante put pen to paper on a new five-year, £290,000-a-week contract this week to overtake Hazard.
OK Diario say Chelsea are now ready to cash in on the winger before they have to lose him at a cheaper price, meaning a January move may be explored.
Last month, former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer admitted he felt the 27-year-old could be heading to the Spanish capital in the new year.
“I’m not sure he won’t leave Chelsea in January,” Schwarzer said on The Debate.
“He’s got just under two years left on his contract and Real are having a shocker and if they offer a lot of money for him and Chelsea are adamant he won’t re-sign, then what are the club going to do?
“Depending on where Chelsea are in the league, that could play a big part.
“I admire him for him being honest in saying he wants to go to Real which is one of the most successful clubs in the world.”
Madrid are in desperate need of reinforcements in January, and they see the Belgian star as a proper replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who completed a summer move to Juventus.