Eden Hazard has spoken of his admiration for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane during an interview with Radio Television Luxembourg (RTL) and added that although he is committed to Chelsea, it would “be a dream” to one day play for the Frenchman.
“Everybody knows the respect I have for Zidane as a player and also as a coach. He was my idol. I don’t know what will happen in my career in the future, but it would be a dream to play for Zidane,” the midfielder said, adding. “I am enjoying life at Chelsea and I still have a lot to achieve with them. I’m concentrating on playing for Chelsea.”
Zidane recommended Hazard to Real Madrid in 2010
The admiration is mutual and Zidane has been a keen observer of Hazard’s career after recommending the Belgium international to the Bernabéu board in 2010, when the then-19-year-old was at Lille. However, the board did not heed his advice and after being named Ligue 1 Player of the Year on two occasions he moved to Chelsea for around 36 million euros.
Hazard is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2020 and Madrid have previously expressed an interest in acquiring the player’s services. Zidane views Hazard of one of very few players who could improve his current squad and one of even fewer that might be available at some point.
“After Cristiano and Messi, Eden is the player I like the most. It’s spectacular to watch him play,” Zidane said in November 2015, shortly before taking over at Real Madrid.