BALL IN HAZ­ARD’S COURT

For­mer Real president claims record move all down to Chelsea star

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHELSEA’S Eden Haz­ard will de­cide on a move to Real Madrid at the end of the sea­son, with the Span­ish giants pre­pared to pay a world record trans­fer fee, ac­cord­ing to for­mer club president Ra­mon Calderon.

The mid­fielder is un­der con­tract with Premier League lead­ers Chelsea un­til June 2020 but Haz­ard, a child­hood fan of Real coach Zine­dine Zi­dane, has been re­peat­edly linked with a move to the Bern­abeu.

But Calderon reck­ons it will cost Real a world record fee of £100 mil­lion (RM550 mil­lion) to make the move a re­al­ity.

“Chelsea aren’t a sell­ing club, so it wouldn’t be easy, but as al­ways it would de­pend on the wishes of the player. If he wants to leave, he will leave — that’s al­ways the point,” Calderon told Talk­sport Ra­dio’s Alan Brazil Sports Break­fast show on Tues­day.

“It’s all about the player. The player must say, ‘I want to leave and go to Real Madrid’, and that will be the mo­ment they start ne­go­ti­at­ing.”

Haz­ard, who ar­rived at Stam­ford Bridge from Lille in 2012, has re­gained his best form un­der Blues man­ager An­to­nio Conte,

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