Madrid make 'secret' Hazard contact?

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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has asked the Chelsea board to secure Eden Hazard to a long-term contract, given the Real Madrid interest. 160 million pounds in the minimum that Chelsea can even begin to start thinking about for this sort of transfer.

And, despite pledging his immediate future to Chelsea, Hazard recently spoke of his admiration for Real Madrid and their boss.

Hazard made his return to the Chelsea side as a substitute in a 2-1 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last month.

Conte marvelled at his star man's exploits as the topic of new deals for Hazard and his similarly valuable countryman, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, were again near the top of the agenda.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, Zidane has been granted permission by his president to make Chelsea an offer with the French coach regarding the Belgium international "as key to his rebuilding project at Real".

Zidane's presence at Madrid is said to play a huge part in Hazard's interest in moving to the Bernabeu but the winger's joked the Frenchman could move to Stamford Bridge to fulfill his wish of playing under him. "When you have Hazard, he can always do something". There's a chance that Hazard throws a strop like Costa but these things need to be dealt with. He has that magic touch. He won't refuse to play for a full two years and then frankly who would want a player that out of shape and match fitness anyways. I think he is only motivated about playing football. "It would take a lot of money to replace him [at Chelsea] but I hope that they can tie him down for a long time".