Long before the World Cup even started one of this summer’s transfer windows biggest stories always looked like being centred around what would happen to Eden Hazard (£6.82). The Belgian has never been shy in coming forward about his admiration of a certain team who play in white in Madrid. Yet the World Cup had seen all of this speculation had dampened down as his attention had focused upon the Red Devils of Belgium but this all changed over the weekend.
The links to Real Madrid have been ever-present over the past few seasons for Chelsea’s number ten, with nods of appreciation to former manager Zinedine Zidane widely reported in the media in both England and Spain last season. This led to rumours that Hazard would be high up on Florentino Perez’s shopping list this summer. These rumours only intensified at the climax of this year’s FA Cup Final, where Hazard had been the star in winning and then dispatching the penalty in Chelsea’s 1-0 triumph over Manchester United at Wembley. As the reporters came steaming on to the pitch to shove a microphone in the wingers face he was quick to say that Chelsea would need to match his ambitions in the transfer window if he was to stay at Stamford Bridge. With the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte at the time, it looked very much like everything was up in the air, this saw his price hit £6.20 on the Football Index.
The transfer rumours did, of course, dampen down as the World Cup got underway with the fans and media’s attention rightly shifting to the action in Russia. Yet even there you couldn’t escape Hazard. The Belgian had a phenomenal tournament showing everyone that he could well and truly deliver on the world stage. The winger hit the back of the net on three occasions and also assisted his teammates on a further two occasions. This and his all-round terrorising of defences made him come second in the Golden ball awards just behind star Luka Modric (£1.34). Incredible recognition on the world stage that got a few clubs interested.
At the end of the third-place play-off with England on Saturday, Hazard was quick to inform the media that he wanted to move away from Stamford Bridge with him stating that the media knows where he wants to go. With the previous links to Spain and Madrid, it didn’t take long to dot the dots. Now new manager Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has a nightmare to deal with as Chelsea’s biggest star alongside international teammate Thibaut Courtois (£0.91) both want to leave. The market reacted extremely quickly as Hazard is trading up £0.80 the last seven days at £6.90 share. A rise of 13%. When you factor in that the next three weeks are treble media on Football Index you can see why traders are banking on this being one of the stories of the summer.
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