Chelsea "accept" that star forward will leave the club in the summer

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Hazard was the subject of intense speculation from Real Madrid last summer.

Chelsea return to action after the global break against Cardiff on Sunday, March 31.

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS say Hazard is eager for a move to Real Madrid in the summer. It is a lifelong dream for the Belgium global, one that he has regularly spoken of in recent years and which, AS understands, he has set his heart on making a reality this summer - a resolution that he made well before Zinedine Zidane, his childhood idol, returned as coach of the LaLiga giants last Monday.

The report details that the La Liga club know Chelsea will reject the bid, but are sending out a statement of intent that they want to land his signature ahead of next season. "He was my idol", Hazard said in 2017.

'I don't know at the moment. "However, for sure, to play under Zidane would be a dream". But it appears his future lies elsewhere with the attack-minded player hellbent on securing a switch when the transfer reopens.

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The links to Real Madrid have continued and they were further strengthened after Zinedine Zidane's appointment as manager last week.

The prime objective is Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

The 2018-'19 season is still more than two months away from completion, but Real Madrid have already started preparing for the upcoming 2019-'20 season.

Maurizio Sarri signed Argentina global Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Serie A giants Juventus for the remainder of the season in the January transfer window.

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