‘Never close’: World Cup captain says he has ‘no idea’ why he has been linked with a move to Chelsea

Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard has told MARCA that he does not know why he has been linked with a move back to Chelsea.

The Belgian is arguably the Blues’ best player of the 2010s, joining the summer after the club won the Champions League for the very first time.

He won nearly everything there was to offer as a Chelsea player, entertaining fans throughout his stay at Stamford Bridge.

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His final game with the club saw him score a brace against big rivals Arsenal, sending the Blues on to Europa League glory in the process.

There was no bad blood when he eventually left the club for Real Madrid. However, things have certainly not worked out as he would have planned them to.

The winger has suffered rotten luck with injuries since his 2019 move, hardly being able to string together consecutive starts in the Spanish capital.

Hazard shuts down Chelsea rumours

He has become a shadow of the player Chelsea fans once knew.

Whilst those supporters would probably take him back at the club for more reasons than one, he has claimed there has never been any contact over a potential move.

He said: “Chelsea? I was never close to returning or to leave Real Madrid in general. Chelsea have never called me.

“Why there are always Chelsea links? No idea, honestly.”

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Hazard is currently preparing to captain the Belgium national team at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

When the tournament gets underway in less than a week, the Red Devils face the tricky prospect of Croatia in their group, with top spot potentially being crucial.

In what is likely their ‘golden generation’s’ last shot at a major international championship, Hazard will be hoping to rediscover some of his old Chelsea form just in time for the big stage.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.