Real Madrid: Eden Hazard's Broken Ankle Sees Spanish Giant Switch Interest to Arsenal Target

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard in Tubize, Belgium, June 4. Hazard broke his ankle on Sunday, seeing a move to Real Madrid put into doubt. BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty

On Sunday, Eden Hazard suggested there was a chance he could finish the summer with the champion of Europe rather than England.

The Belgian, who starred in Chelsea's title-winning campaign this season, was on international duty when he answered questions over his future.

Hazard has been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid, and he refused to rule out the transfer, having watched the Spanish giant win the European Cup for successive years on Saturday.

"If you look at the last two season, it looks easy for them," he said, as quoted by the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper. "The Champions League is a particularly difficult competition to win. Real Madrid were stronger than anyone in the last two to three seasons. But that doesn't mean it'll be the same in the next five years. The Champions League is a goal for me for next season. I've never won it and I'm always trying to improve."

Asked whether he would consider an offer from Real Madrid, Hazard said: "Of course I'll listen. We all have dreams. It could be Spain, it could be staying with Chelsea. I'm good where I am now. I think I can stay at Chelsea for many years. But it's not something I'm thinking about right now. We'll see."

Those words would have troubled Chelsea as it prepares for a summer of speculation over Hazard's future, with the transfer window open for three months, until September 1. Potential replacements would have been lined up in the event that Hazard did head for the exit at Stamford Bridge, but just hours after his comments on the move, he suffered a fracture to his ankle during a training session.

Hazard, crowned PFA Player of the Year for 2015, is reportedly back in London and preparing for surgery on Monday, with his recovery set to take two to three months.

According to the Evening Standard, Real Madrid has cooled its interest in Hazard after the fracture to his ankle, and is looking at Monaco's Kylian Mbappe instead.

The 18-year-old is said to be a target for Arsenal this summer but is likely to be trumped by the financial might of Madrid.

Mbappe scored 24 goals in 42 appearances for the Ligue 1 club last season, helping take the team to the semifinals of the Champions League.