Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has dismissed suggestions that he has agreed a move to Real Madrid, and insists he is focused on the remainder of this season.
The Belgian international has endured a miserable campaign this year, having failed to score a single Premier League goal and was singled out by Chelsea supporters following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
While injuries have also been an issue, it has led to suggestions that he has grown disgruntled at Stamford Bridge and in turn an exit this summer was likely.
However, he has moved to deny all the speculation linking him with a switch to Spain, and has reiterated where his current focus is.
“Have I signed for Real? No, that’s not true, I do not know who said that,” he said, as reported by The Independent.
“For now, I am at Chelsea. I have a season to finish, and my contract ends in four years. For now, I’m here, and I am, and I want to get back on the field with Chelsea.”
Although the 25-year-old is evidently better than what he has displayed this season, it remains to be seen whether or not he figures in incoming boss Antonio Conte’s plans next year.
The Italian will arrive in west London after Euro 2016, and will face some difficult decisions as he looks to build his own squad and potentially offload some of the star names that haven’t performed this season either through a lack of belief in their contribution moving forward or in order to raise funds for reinvestment.
In contrast, it would seem like a risky and perhaps questionable move if the likes of Hazard were moved on, as it is simply a case of helping the former Lille man rediscover his best form.
Hazard has missed the last four games with a hip injury, and despite all the rumours surrounding his future, he is right to focus on getting back fit and firing for Chelsea, with a view of going on to reach his best level for Belgium at the European Championship in June.