Chelsea and manager Maurizio Sarri have been adamant all summer long that their world-class Beligan playmaker Eden Hazard is not going to be leaving west London in the transfer window. However, with the European window still open (most notably Spain’s) the Express report that the Blues are bracing themselves for a fresh bid from Real Madrid – closer to the £200 million they would want for Hazard.

Real Madrid have yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with a big marquee signing this summer, and have so far relied on the likes of Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale to fill the void left by the Portuguese star. However, with rumours circling over Luka Modric’s future at the Bernabeu, a return move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard could resurface before the end of August deadline in Spain.

Real Madrid had valued Eden Hazard at around £150 million but are now seemingly willing to come closer to the £200 million that Chelsea were initially looking for – but despite that the Blues are likely to fend off any challenge for his signature.

If Blues fans weren’t unhappy enough with former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who just recently left for Real Madrid, then they certainly won’t be happy with the Belgian’s latest quotes carried in the Express;

Hazard has congratulated me on signing for Real Madrid.”

He is a great player and I would like to be always at his side, let’s see what happens in the future.”

If he can come [to Real Madrid], it would be fantastic.”

If the Blues start putting a string of impressive wins together in August, again against Arsenal on Saturday it would give Hazard even less reason to potentially be seeking to push a move away. His relationship with Maurizio Sarri is unclear, but he did come off the bench in Saturday’s 3-0 win away at Huddersfield.

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