Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will be targeted by Real Madrid during the 2016 summer transfer window, according to former president of the Bernabeu club Ramon Calderon. The Belgium international is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, with the Spanish giants and Paris Saint-Germain among the teams interested in his services.
The Daily Mail understand that the 24-year-old made his decision to leave west London after falling out with the now-departed Jose Mourinho, who guided the Premier League champions to nine defeats in their first 16 top flight games. Guus Hiddink has since replaced the 'Special One' but Hazard is not thought to be willing to reconsider his future with the Blues, who value him at £90m.
Hazard will not leave Chelsea in the January transfer window but will spark a tug of war between Real and PSG in the summer, while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also expected to make a move for last season's player of the year. And Calderon believes the club from the Spanish capital will lead the race for Hazard.
"I think they are maybe looking for Hazard," he told Sky Sports. "People are always talking about him, but he has contract with Chelsea and he hasn't said anything about leaving Chelsea. So it is not a matter of money, as I said before many times, it is a matter of whether the player wants to leave.
"We haven't heard anything about Hazard leaving so we will have to see at the end of the year what is happening with the players currently at Real Madrid to decide what is to be done in the next transfer window."
After playing a central role in Chelsea reclaiming the title last season, Hazard has failed to recapture his best form amid the turmoil at the club and is without a goal in any competition this season. The former Lille man could come face-to-face with one of the clubs reported interested in him – PSG – in the Champions League 16 tie in February.