Real Madrid ended their pursuit Chelsea’s Eden Hazard this summer after a number of fail attempts to open negotiations for the midfielder, according to Don Balon.
The Spanish publication reports that Real boss Zinedine Zidane was very keen on bringing Hazard to the Bernabeu, and was initially not convinced that either Isco or Marco Asensio could be relied upon as first team starters.
It led to the Champions League winners trying to sign the Belgian international, but following Chelsea’s refusal to negotiate over a sale, Zidane and Madrid president Florentino Perez decided to stop pursuing the Blues star.
The player himself has revealed that he is keen on playing in La Liga one day but for now he says he is happy playing at Stamford Bridge. In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, he said:
“For the moment I’m good in England. I play for one of the best clubs in England, but the Spanish league is special. Why not? For the moment I’m here.”
It’s quite possible that with the rise of both Isco and Asensio, Real will not come back for Hazard next summer, although it must be said both Zidane and the player have a mutual admiration for each other.