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Former Barca man backs Hazard to stay at Chelsea, despite exit claims

Former Barca man backs Hazard to stay at Chelsea, despite exit claims

Cesc Fabregas has backed Eden Hazard to remain at Chelsea, despite claims the Belgian wants to move to Real Madrid.

Hazard has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time with Madrid chief Florentino Perez keen to bring him to the club and make him a marquee signing.

Reports in Spanish and English press have further developed in recent weeks after the former Lille man claimed he had made a decision on his future at Stamford Bridge.

Perez, who is keen to see Hazard come into the starting eleven at Madrid and replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus – at the forefront of the attackign line – is now said to be anxiously waiting by his phone for a call.

Reports on Thursday claimed that Hazard wanted to make a move with Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague saying that he had chosen to move to the Spain.

However, despite those claims, former Barcelona midfielder Fabregas has said that he firmly expects Hazard to remain in England with the Blues.

“He says he has decided, so I think he will renew his contract at Chelsea,” Fabregas told Cadena Ser.

“He will not fight to leave, that is his personality and he knows how Chelsea are a great club and how he has won everything in England.

“He likes Madrid, that is not a secret, but he is happy at Chelsea and in London, he is a star player and he is a team captain.

“He is 28 now so it is a very important decision and it will be a very personal one.”

Time will now tell if Hazard decides to move to Spain or stay in England, leaving Madrid’s president waiting on his decision.

Further claims have said that Perez will turn his attentions to Neymar or Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint Germain should the decision be a negative one.