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Transfer: Ex-Chelsea star, Poyet hints on Hazard's move to Real Madrid

Transfer: Ex-Chelsea star, Poyet hints on Hazard's move to Real Madrid

And with just two years remaining on his current Chelsea contract, the clubs interested theoretically have a better chance of getting him. Chelsea finished fifth in the table and missed out on qualification to the Champions League.

According to Belgian daily Het Laatste Neiwus, Real Madrid have reached an agreement over a fee with Chelsea and the deal is expected to be concluded for around €40m.

"I want to meet them face-to-face and understand what's the best thing to do for everyone". "For sure, we want him to stay".

Hazard himself has hinted that his time with the Premier League side could be over, having told HLN "after six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to try something new".

Chelsea's valuation of around €200m is certainly proving to be a stumbling block.

However, Castles doubts whether Real Madrid have the financial clout to stump up that kind of sum for the Belgian superstar.

"They have a big stadium renewal project at the Bernabeu which is priced at €400m - that has to be funded".

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Cesc Fabregas this week pleaded with Hazard not to quit Chelsea.

"Before that I would also like a player to come on the pitch for four or five days together with me, to have a clear idea of what the situation is. I hope I can improve him but this will be hard because he has reached a very high level". The fans, the club, the players, and we need him. For that you need your best players.

But it now looks like they could lose their star man in Hazard and also miss out on one of the top hitmen in the world as well.

The Blues are confident that Hazard will sign new terms that make him the club's highest paid player of all-time on £300,000-a-week.

Sarri appears more diplomatic about recruiting and retaining players.

And while Sarri could offer no guarantees he would definitely stay put, he was keen to talk up the prospect of working with one of the top players in Europe.