Eden Hazard has rejected a new deal with Chelsea to keep his options open after receiving interest from Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old’s current contract at Stamford Bridge does not run out until 2020, but Chelsea are keen to keep him at the club after interest from the Spanish giants and are now attempting to improve his weekly wage, bonuses and release clause.
The West Londoners reportedly offered the Belgian midfielder a deal which would not increase his time at the club but increase his annual salary, but that has now been rejected by the player.
Real Madrid have been in constant contact with club scouts over the performances of Hazard and his situation at Chelsea, where it has become uneasy due to the interest.
Interest from the Santiago Bernabeu in compatriot Thibaut Courtois, is also said to have left question marks around Hazard’s future.
His father, Thierry, has now told Belgian media Le Soir that his son is following the interest from Madrid.
“Eden has refused a contract extension to able, if necessary, to follow interest from Real Madrid.”
The report also claims that Thierry said ‘no contact’ has been made between the two clubs, but the family are optimistic a concrete offer will arrive from Spain.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a fond admirer of Hazard, but his interest could decide the fate of Spanish midfielder Isco, who despite arguably being Madrid’s best performer this season – was left out of El Clasico before the winter break.