Chelsea forward, Eden Hazard, has said he wants to move to the Spanish La Liga, to improve his chance of winning football’s highest individual honour, the Ballon d’Or.
Sky Sport reports that the Belgium captain said this after journalists told him most winners of the award have come from Spain.
According to the report, the playmaker laughed and said, “that’s why I want to go, maybe.”
However, he did make it clear that he would not leave the Blues in the January transfer window.
He has been linked with a move to European Champions, Real Madrid. Earlier in the week, Hazard revealed that he was not sure whether he wants to stay at Chelsea, or move to his “dream” destination; the Bernabeu.
The former Lille of France player has enjoyed a remarkable start to the 2018/19 campaign, on the back of an outstanding 2018 World Cup for his country.
The forward has already scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, leading the race for the Golden Boot with two goals.
Reports say his exceptional start to the season, especially his dazzling performance in the team’s 3-0 win over Southampton last Sunday, has further fuelled speculation about his future during the international break.
Marca has reported that Madrid are ready to make another offer for him at the end of the season, following his comment that he is being tempted by a move to the club.
As it was the case with Thibaut Courtois, who joined the Spanish giants last summer, Hazard will be entering the final year of his contract at the end of the season. If an extension is not agreed before then, he would be available for a far lesser fee of about $200 million Madrid reportedly offered Chelsea for him after the World Cup.
More so, Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, would make Hazard a priority at the end of the campaign, after the club’s forwards have struggled in front of goal, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.