Chelsea 'powerless' to keep Eden Hazard if Real Madrid make move

JOE KRISHNAN
Exit door? Hazard has said it would be a 'dream' to move to Real Madrid: Getty Images

Alvaro Morata believes Chelsea will be powerless to keep Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge if Real Madrid decide to make an offer.

The Belgian revealed in July that after an impressive display at the World Cup he wanted to leave for Real Madrid, who have long been admirers of the playmaker, and this week reiterated his desire to play for the European champions.

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Chelsea blocked Hazard's departure in the summer and the decision has certainly paid dividends. The 27-year-old has been in sensational form for the Blues this season, scoring seven goals in eight appearances to top the Premier League goalscoring charts.

However, with only 18 months remaining on his deal, his team-mate Morata admits Chelsea would find it hard to turn down an offer.

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"We've said that it's not that he wants to leave Chelsea but if Madrid come in for him, that won't be an obstacle," he told Spanish broadcaster Cuatro.

"The thing is that he has a very good relationship with the club, he's happy there and it's not like other cases when a player wants to leave a club at any cost, but if it's good for Chelsea they will keep that in mind."

Morata knows better than anyone what it takes to succeed at Real Madrid, having left his boyhood club for the second time to join the west London club for £58 million in 2017.

Spanish radio station SER claim that the Spanish giants could make a move in January for Hazard after a disappointing start to the season which sees them lie fourth in La Liga.

If he decides to leave, he would join compatriot and former team-mate Thibaut Courtois at the Santiago Bernabeu, who arrived in the Spanish capital earlier this summer for £35 million.