Zidane left the Spanish giants at the end of last season and was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, whose reign lasted only until October. Former youth team manager Santiago Solari is now in charge of Real and Hazard insists the managerial change is of no concern and he is firm on his decision.
The 28-year-old told RMC, “I have always liked Real Madrid as a club, with or without Zidane. At the end of this year I have 1 year left on my Chelsea contract. We will see, it’ll be up to me to make the decision.”
Hazard has been frequently linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and is tipped to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes in Madrid. The Belgian star has not shied away from the speculation, saying two months ago that it has been his dream since childhood to play for the blancos.
After a poor run at the start of the campaign saw Lopetegui lose his job, Madrid have struggled to recover early under Solari but now look pretty balanced. They have jumped up to third in the La liga table just two points behind city rivals Atletico and eight behind the Blaugrana.
Chelsea meanwhile are struggling to reflect their early season form but stay in the top four contention.
With Real Madrid’s latest policy of recruiting young players and developing them for future, at 28, this appears to be the last chance for Hazard to make his dream move to the record European champions.