Casemiro: Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard are welcome at Real Madrid

James Maddison Leicester

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has done little to calm rumours linking him with Real Madrid after he revealed his joy at seeing Zinedine Zidane back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Hazard is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2020, with the club's pending two-window transfer ban expected to have an influence upon his next move.

Further fear for Chelsea supporters struck when manager Maurizio Sarri risked the wrath of Roman Abramovich by admitting it would be "very hard to keep" Hazard.

Real Madrid will demand £112m for Wales forward Gareth Bale this summer - and they believe English clubs will be willing to pay that fee.

"Sometimes we have lost but, at the end, the way he wants to play is the way I want Chelsea to play". This means that, should Chelsea decide to sell Hazard, they won't have the permission to sign a worthy replacement.

For Hazard, it is a case of Madrid or Chelsea, with no other club being able to steal a march on the talks which have already been opened with the European champions, although no deal has been reached. He's still young but when you see him he looks like he's played 10 years."He's a great guy to work with, he's been fantastic".

"He came here with his own ideas to play football and I think we have done quite well".

He said of the Croatia global midfielder: "I don't think Chelsea should pursue Kovacic".

Real Madrid however are all too aware that even if negotiations start at 130 million euros, it's likely they'll have to accept a lower amount to seal the move. "But it is not for me to say which players should be signed".

"Chelsea need a midfielder who has creativity and can split defences with a final pass, who can set up strikers and achieve assists, but this is not Kovacic's strength".

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