'It is difficult to say no to PSG' - Eden Hazard open to Chelsea departure
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has suggested he would be interested in joining Paris Saint-Germain, just a day before his club’s Champions League clash against the French champions.
Stamford Bridge officials are likely to be furious with the timing of Hazard’s interview, which also includes suggestions that he does not know where he will be playing and hints that he would be tempted to join Real Madrid.
The Belgian international - who has failed to score a Premier League goal in his last 26 appearances - has suffered an alarming dip in form this season, fuelling rumours that he may be keen to leave Chelsea.
PSG and Real Madrid have been linked with Hazard for the past few months and his comments to Le Parisien will add to the suspicion that he will look to secure a big money move next summer.
“It is difficult to say no to PSG, as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League,” he is quoted as saying before Chelsea's last-16 clash in Paris on Tuesday.
“Now, PSG is part of this category and for me, winning the Champions League is the main objective. But for now, I do not dwell on it.”
Hazard went on to embrace the idea of joining Real Madrid and linking up with his hero Zinedine Zidane, who is now the club’s head coach.
“He was my idol when he was a player,” stated Hazard of Zidane. “I want to work with the best coaches in the world, although I do not know if Zidane is already in this category as he has only led Madrid since early January.”
The 25-year-old went on to reflect that his future may still lie at Chelsea, even if his commitment to the club seems less than solid given this latest interview.
“If we stick to the contract I’ll still be at Chelsea next season, but I do not know because there is always uncertainty in football,” he added.
“Everything is possible, but I have a contract that runs for another four years and, even if things are complicated this year, I am at Chelsea, in a good squad that can win trophies every season.
“I could leave this summer, but I don’t think so. Every transfer window it is said ‘Eden will leave’ and every time I have stayed.”