Balague makes big Hazard Real Madrid claim and Sarri announces Hudson-Odoi to be at Chelsea next season
Eden Hazard will only join Real Madrid if the Spanish giants fail to sign Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Chelsea.
Hazard has been in tremendous form this season and is playing some of the best football of his career, but the headlines have been dominated by speculation that this could be his final season in the Premier League, with a move to Madrid high up on his list of things to achieve before he retires.
However, Madrid are lining up a number of possible summer targets with the PSG pair on the shopping list as the duo are regarded as two of the biggest names in football right now.
“It’s either Hazard or Neymar/Mbappe,” Balague said on the AS website.
“So one of the two, Neymar or Mbappe and if they don’t get one of them, they will try to sign Hazard.
“Mbappe is the preference, then Neymar. PSG are convinced they won’t go. Neymar’s dad has said he’s negotiating a new deal for him to stay at PSG.
“It’s not how it used to be when Real identified a target, went for him and got him. It’s not like that anymore. They don’t have the financial power. PSG’s a richer club right now.”
Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.
The 18-year-old winger’s contract expires at the end of next season and recent reports suggested that he turned down the offer of a new £85,000-per-week deal earlier this season as he seeks to leave the club and find more game time, as Sarri has limited him to just five premier League appearances this season.
Speculation has been what has been dominating all the headlines over the past few months, with Munich, United and Liverpool all ready to offer him a way out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with the premise of more game time and opportunities .
However, Sarri does not believe Hudson-Odoi will be sold in the summer and has now admitted that the £30 million rated winger will indeed be staying at the club.
He told the Sky Sports website: “I think so [that he will stay].
“I am not able to say if he is going to sign a new contract, but I think he will stay here with us in every case.”