Eden Hazard wants his desired summer move to Real Madrid finalised as soon as possible but Chelsea are determined not to sell him for below his market value, sources have told ESPN FC.
Reports in Spain have claimed that Madrid want to unveil Hazard — who is set to make his final Stamford Bridge appearance as a Chelsea player against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday — on June 2, the day after the Champions League final, as they attempt to shift supporter focus from a disappointing season to their summer rebuild.
Hazard has privately made it clear that he expects to be allowed to join Madrid this summer, and sources told ESPN FC that he and his family have already begun looking into housing and school options in the Spanish capital.
The 28-year-old is also understood to be in regular contact with Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and has spoken to striker Karim Benzema as he prepares for the next stage of his career. Personal terms between Hazard and Madrid are not expected to be an issue.
But while sources told ESPN FC that Hazard has urged Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia to facilitate a quick deal with Madrid in recognition of his stellar service to the club, the Spanish giants have so far shown no desire to match the Blues’ £100 million valuation.