Can Chelsea hold onto Courtois & Hazard?
Sunday’s agonising defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League has left Chelsea in a sticky situation.
Once one of the big spenders in European football, Chelsea now appear to be at a cross roads.
Tottenham’s win at Stamford Bridge, their first for 28 years, has heaped the pressure on Chelsea, who are now eight points behind their London rivals.
With just seven games to go, Chelsea now look likely to be playing Europa League football next season.
Plus there are major uncertainties over the future of manager Antonio Conte as well as their two star Belgian players Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
The goalkeeper has just one year left on his current contract. Eden Hazard is contracted to Chelsea until 2020.
Without Champions League football, will Chelsea’s star players agree to extend their current deals?
Real Madrid get cold feet over Eden Hazard
In recent weeks, it has become increasingly clear that Eden Hazard would not be discussing a new contract at Chelsea until after the World Cup.
Whilst the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Moussa Dembele have come to the same conclusion, it did feel that Hazard was waiting to see whether he could finally get his dream move to Real Madrid.
On Tuesday, Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, usually a good source for Chelsea transfer news, has put a dampener on whether Real Madrid actually want to sign Hazard.
(And this was before the Cristiano Ronaldo wonder goal and performance at Juventus!)
Do Real Madrid need Eden Hazard?
As it stands, Real Madrid have not made any approach for Eden Hazard, not to any of his entourage.
Real Madrid are far from certain if they even need Hazard and feel the much younger Marco Asensio could provide the same quality.
This should leave Chelsea in the clear to renew Hazard’s current contract and “reward” the Belgian playmaker by increasing his salary from £200,000-a-week to £300,000-a-week.
Simon Johnson adds that whilst PSG are interested in Hazard, the Chelsea star does not want to return to Ligue 1.
It may not be up to Hazard to produce a glorious World Cup with Belgium to push through the supposed Real Madrid interest.