Eden Hazard is closer to joining Real Madrid now than he has ever been, according to reports.
Los Blancos have long been interested in the Chelsea attacker, whose penalty fired Antonio Conte to his first knockout trophy as well as the Blues' eighth FA Cup success against Manchester United on Saturday.
According to Daily Mail journalist Pete Jenson, the Spanish giants are closing in on the Belgium international, with this summer tipped to be the one where the switch finally occurs.
Chelsea’s goalscorers in 2017-18:— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) May 20, 2018
E. Hazard 17
A. Morata 15
M. Batshuayi 10
M. Alonso 8
O. Giroud 5
V. Moses 4
C. Azpilicueta 3
A. Rudiger 3
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The report claims a whole host of reasons as to why Hazard's time has now come to join Zinedine Zidane's men, compared to other transfers windows since 2016 when Real Madrid's initial interest came to the fore.
Barcelona's expected signing of Antoine Griezmann for around €100m being one; with Florentino Perez and the Estadio Santiago
"My father always told me that I’m too selfless and maybe it’s true," the Belgian forward said in the build-up to this weekend's FA Cup final.
“Now I am just happy," he responded when asked if securing silverware would be enough for him to stay in west London.
“In the final, you just need to win but we know we need to play better. You have not seen a big Chelsea performance but we defended well.
“It was not a great season, but at least we finished well. We couldn’t finish in the top four, we don’t have the Champions League next season, but at least we have something to celebrate with the fans.
“I will see what happens next season – if we have a new manager, if we bring new players. It’s not just about one thing.