Real Madrid have told Eden Hazard they will make an offer to sign him from Chelsea this summer, according to reports.
Belgian forward Hazard has won two Premier League titles at Chelsea but appears to have his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.
In an interview with French radio station RMC Sport, as part of a documentary about his career, Hazard said: ‘I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision.’
That interview took place around two months ago and Hazard has since sent out mixed message to the English press.
According to Telegraph Sport, Hazard is expected to tell Chelsea he wants to leave after receiving assurances from Real that they will launch a move for his signature this summer.
The Blues remain hopeful that they can convince Hazard to stay and sign a new long-term deal, but talks over a new contract have not progressed.
And the Telegraph claim that friends of Hazard are convinced the Belgium international has already made his mind up and will force a move from Chelsea at the end of the season. Last week, Maurizio Sarri said Hazard was free to leave Chelsea if he wanted, although the Italian retains hope that he will stay put.
‘Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,’ Sarri said. ‘Of course, I hope the opposite.
‘I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.’ If it becomes clear that Hazard will leave, Chelsea will look to attract a fee of more than £100million to part ways with the 28-year-old.
The Premier League club could also attempt to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovavic, currently on loan at Chelsea, as part of the deal to sell Hazard.