Tensions between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s hierarchy could be set to rise after reports suggested the club will press ahead with plans to land number one target Eden Hazard.
Diario Gol has claimed that Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez are determined to bring the Chelsea star to the Bernabeu, and doing so could see Ronaldo follow through with threats to leave the club if Hazard heads to Madrid.
Reports from the same paper had said that the Real superstar was ready to depart the La Liga giants if the club decided to try and land Hazard and Antoine Griezmann from Real’s bitter city rivals Atletico, with the 31-year-old concerned that he would be replaced as the main man in Madrid if either player joined Real’s cause.
Those threats to quit appear to have fallen on deaf ears, however, with Real having their heart set on luring Hazard away from the Premier League leaders at the end of the season.
Hazard has been linked with a switch from Chelsea to Real throughout the 2016/17 campaign and, with numerous gossip columns alleging that it is only a matter of time before the Belgium international heads back to the continent, the forward has had to deny such rumours on a constant basis.
The 26-year-old has regularly told reporters of his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge, while ex-Blues ace Marcel Desailly also claimed that a move to Real could severely hamper Hazard’s playing career due to the regular rotation of the club’s first-team stars.
Hazard is the best thing to happen to the Premier League since Ronaldo — Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) April 5, 2017
Hazard is the best thing to happen to the Premier League since Ronaldo
— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) April 5, 2017
As a counterpart to Desailly’s remarks, Hazard’s current team-mate Diego Costa claims to know that the ex-Lille man has already told him of his future plans once the current season draws to a close, but would not be drawn on what Hazard planned to do at the end of this term.
Hazard has returned to the scintillating form that made him a formidable foe to face off against this season, with the PFA Player of the Year nominee netting 14 goals and six assists in 34 appearances for Antonio Conte’s men.
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