Eden Hazard is stalling on signing a new deal at Chelsea in the hope of attracting an offer from Real Madrid.
The Belgian forward has two and a half years left on his current contract, but the West London club are anxious to secure his long-term future by offering him a new bumper deal, worth £300,000 a week, which would make him the highest paid player in the club’s history.
However, it is now reported that Hazard and his representatives have decided to put on hold any talks over a new contract until the end of the season, in the hope that long-time admirer Real Madrid will come forward with a bid for him.
The Spanish giants have been closely following Hazard’s situation for several years, whilst the player himself has openly admitted that he would like to play for Real at some stage.
The 26-year old has scored 80 goals in 267 appearances for Chelsea since signing from French side Lille in 2012, and would command a massive transfer fee were Real to make a bid, although Chelsea will not want to let him leave.
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