HAZ­ARD RULES OUT JAN­UARY MOVE TO REAL MADRID

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Chelsea for­ward Eden Haz­ard ap­peared to dis­miss the pos­si­bil­ity of a Jan­uary move to Real Madrid on Thurs­day de­spite cast­ing fresh doubt over his fu­ture in re­cent days.

The 27-year-old was speaking at a press con­fer­ence on na­tional team duty with Bel­gium, broad­cast on Sky Sports News.

It was put to Haz­ard that to win the Bal­lon d’Or - as the world’s best player - he would have to play in Spain.

“That’s why I want to go, maybe,” said Haz­ard, smil­ing.

Asked if that move might hap­pen in Jan­uary, he added: “No.”

Haz­ard has been in­stru­men­tal in Chelsea’s un­beaten start un­der Mau­r­izio Sarri, scor­ing eight goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The Bel­gian was se­lected the sec­ond best player at the World Cup and, af­ter lead­ing his coun­try to third place in Rus­sia, said

LON­DON –

it “might be time” for a fresh chal­lenge, with Madrid his pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion. Speaking af­ter Chelsea’s 3-0 vic­tory at Southamp­ton on Sun­day, he said: “Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie to­day. It is my dream since I was a child. I was dream­ing about this club.

“We will see. I don’t want to talk about this ev­ery day. I don’t have time but we will talk about my fu­ture soon.”

Con­tract

Haz­ard, whose Chelsea con­tract runs un­til June 2020, was asked on Thurs­day whether he is the world’s best player on form and he an­swered with an un­equiv­o­cal “yes.”

“The team is help­ing me a lot also,” he said. “I can im­prove for sure. We can al­ways im­prove in foot­ball. We can score more goals, more as­sists.”

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