- Chelsea are hoping Eden Hazard follow Antoine Griezmann’s steps and pen a new deal out of pity
- Hazard is out of contract in 2020 and continues to be linked with Real Madrid
- Griezmann snubbed a move to United in 2017 after the La Liga giants were handed a transfer ban
Chelsea are reportedly praying that Eden Hazard follow Antoine Griezmann’s path and pen an extension with the Stamford Bridge outfit out of pity.
The UK Sun claims the Chelsea playmaker, whose current deal at the west London dwellers expires in 2020, remains one of Real Madrid’s listed summer transfer targets.
The 28-year-old Hazard has repeatedly rejected committing his future amid a potential exit in June.
And Hazard’s switch to Real Madrid will no doubt not affect Chelsea campaign next season as they commerce FIFA’s two-window transfer ban.
But Spanish news channel Marca reveal Chelsea eggheads are working behind the scene to convince the Belgian captain to follow Griezmann’s footsteps in 2016.
The French forward was close to leaving Atletico Madrid for Manchester United in 2017, but after the La Liga campaigners were handed a transfer ban, Griezmann opted to stay back at Madrid
And the Frenchman’s ex- agent, Eric Olhats, insists the ban was the only reason why he remained with Atletico.
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“Griezmann hasn't felt able to leave Atletico.
“It showed the integrity of his links with the club, [who were] unable to sign players. Without that ban, he would have gone, without a doubt,” Olhats was quoted as saying to France Football.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Eden Hazard has denied agreeing a deal to join Real Madrid in the summer from Chelsea.
Spanish media outlets reported on Friday, March 22, that the Chelsea star had agreed in principle a five-year-deal to join Madrid in the summer.
Hazard has widely been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu even as his future with the Blues continue to rumble on.
However, the Belgian has now come out to debunk reports linking him to Spain, insisting "there's nothing in the reports."
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