Eden Hazard’s father has claimed that the Chelsea ace may “never end up” at Real Madrid in the future.
Heavily tipped to seal a big-money move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time, the Belgian international will be remaining at Stamford Bridge this season.
Los Blancos have until Friday to complete any deals before the transfer deadline for La Liga clubs, yet reports suggest that they will move for Kylian Mbappe if Paris Saint-Germain are found to have violated Financial Fair Play rules.
Now looking almost certain to still be at Chelsea come September 1, the Blues will be hoping to tie their star player down to a new contract with his current deal expiring in 2020.
Speaking about a potential move to the Champions League holders, Hazard’s father has claimed that a move could have potentially gone through if Zinedine Zidane was still manager of Real.
Thierry Hazard, as reported by the Mirror, said: “I cannot say why it did not go through. Not because I do not want to but because I do not know.
“Next year, Eden will have one year left on his contract but perhaps he never ends up in Madrid.”
Hazard Sr added: “It maybe that it was a different story with Zidane.
“But then he will have had his reasons to leave.”
Hazard has yet to start for Chelsea this season after returning from World Cup duty on the Monday before their opening day win at Huddersfield.
Quizzed on whether or not the 27-year-old would be back in the starting XI against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, Maurizio Sarri was also asked if the player would definitely be staying in west London this campaign.
“I think so,” he told the media at Cobham.
“I am a coach of a very good team, a great club. I think that it’s so important that we don’t sell a very important player without the possibility to buy another player of the same level.
“Eden will stay with us for the season.”