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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Eden Hazard of Chelsea is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has said he will wait to see what steps the club take in terms of recruitment this summer before he agrees a new contract. 

The Belgium international has until 2020 to run on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, but with the Blues out of the UEFA Champions League next season, speculation will gather pace regarding a potential transfer.

Hazard has said he is happy at Chelsea as things stand, although he did add that getting the right players in would have an impact on his decision, per Sky Sports‘ Rory O’Callaghan.

“I’m waiting for new players next season,” he said, when asked what would convince him to commit his future to Chelsea. “I want good players because I want to win next season the Premier League. … That’s why I’m taking my time. It’s something big. I need to think about a lot of things. One thing I’m sure is that I’m happy here.”

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard reacts after a challenge during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge in London on May 9, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL U


As noted by Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, the former Lille man is said to be attracting interest from European champions Real Madrid.

The season has been a disappointing one for Chelsea despite the fact that they are to feature in the FA Cup final against Manchester United on Saturday. In the Premier League they were unable to mount a major defence of their title, slumping to fifth position in the top flight.

Per commentator Ian Darke after the Blues lost 3-0 at Newcastle United on Sunday, it’s been a peculiar 2017-18 for manager Antonio Conte and his team:

Hazard has also had his ups and downs this year. While there’s no doubt he hasn’t reached the heights he did in 2016-17, the campaign has still been laced with moments of brilliance.

The Chelsea No. 10 has operated in a number of different roles, whether that be as a wide forward, at the point of the attack or as a split striker. Regardless, when he is in form he can have an influence on games with his close control and burst of speed.

As noted by Liam Twomey of ESPN FC during a man-of-the-match performance from Hazard against Liverpool, he’s also stronger than many realise:

As noted by Sky Sports Statto, only a pair of Chelsea legends have netted more than him in the Premier League era:

Chelsea’s recruitment was disappointing after winning the title. Alvaro Morata has been inconsistent following a big-money move from Real Madrid, while the jury remains out on the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta and Ross Barkley.

With no Champions League football to offer potential new recruits this summer, getting elite players through the door at Chelsea is going to be a challenge. And if Madrid come calling for Hazard, they would represent a tempting proposition for the 27-year-old.

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