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Hazard tells Dugarry: "You know me, I've always loved Real Madrid"

Hazard tells Dugarry: "You know me, I've always loved Real Madrid"

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard has again spoken of his love for Real Madrid in an interview on French radio, but said he has still yet to make a decision on his future.

Eden Hazard has again spoken about his future and reiterated his desire to play for Real Madrid in an interview with Radio Monte Carlo program Team Duga, which is hosted by former French international Christophe Dugarry.

"You know me, I've always loved Real Madrid, even before Zidane. We'll see what happens,” Hazard told Dugarry. “Like I said, I'm finishing this year with Chelsea. I still have a year of contract. After this year, we'll see."

Hazard, 27, has a contract with Chelsea until 2020, and said he has not yet made a decision about his future, despite his constant nods to Madrid. In the interview, he left the door open to remaining at Chelsea, but at the same didn’t rule out an exit from the London club.

"The new coach (Maurizio Sarri) thinks about football like I do, so we'll see. The family is in London, I am going to be 28 years old. I don’t want to have any regrets at the end of my career. It is a decision I am going to make. I don’t know when, but I'll take it."

Hazard in action against Manchester City on December 8, 2018.

Hazard and Real Madrid reportedly agree terms

Last week, radio station Onda Madrid claimed that Hazard and Real Madrid had reached an agreement to bring him to the Bernabéu next summer. According to this report, Chelsea value the player at 170 million euros, a fee that Madrid – who are thought to be eyeing a part-exchange deal involving Mateo Kovacic (currently on loan at Chelsea) – would not be willing to shell out for a player entering the final year of his contract.

After an impressive World Cup showing with semi-finalists Belgium, Hazard is enjoying one of his best Premier League seasons to date, with eight goals and eight assists for Chelsea, who lie in fourth place after 16 games.

During his time as coach of Madrid, Zinedine Zidane had asked to sign the Belgian star on several occasions, with his requests falling on deaf ears. But since the since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, Hazard has become a prime target for the LaLiga giants and one they are keen to land for next season.