Monday 23 April 2018

Chelsea rocked by Eden Hazard injury...and it might scupper any prospect of a move to Real Madrid

Eden Hazard will miss Belgium's upcoming fixtures
Eden Hazard will miss Belgium's upcoming fixtures
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard suffered a fractured ankle in a training session with Belgium on Sunday and faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the new Premier League season.

Hazard was initially believed to have twisted his ankle as he was ruled out of Belgium's friendly against the Czech Republic on Monday and the World Cup Qualifier in Estonia on June 9th.

Yet a subsequent scan revealed the Belgian will be facing a longer spell on the sidelines and may head into next season with limited match practice as he is set for around eight weeks on the sidelines.

The injury may also affect Real Madrid's reported interest in Hazard, with the newly re-crowned Champions League winners strongly linked with a move for Chelsea's Player of the Year in recent weeks.

Hazard fuelled those rumours as he claimed he would be tempted to move to Spain, in comments that may not be well received by his current employers.

"We all dream. It could be Spain, it could be staying with Chelsea," he stated.

''I think I can stay with Chelsea for many years, but it's not something I'm thinking about right now. We'll see.'

''In football you never know, but at the moment it's not my mind. I'm a Chelsea player, I have another contract for three years. We'll see.

''We had a great season with (Chelsea boss Antonio) Conte. We want to continue this season, now that we also play Champions League.

''We know it's hard to conquer two titles in England, but we're going to try it. It's a pleasure to work with Conte.''

When asked if he had watched Real's Champions League win against Juventus on Saturday night, Hazard added: ''Yes, but if I ever wanted to go to Real, I could get there (and be) on the bench. I want the best solution for myself.''

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