Hazard is happy at Chelsea amid Real Madrid interest

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Eden Hazard has told friends and family that he is happy at Chelsea and will not look to seek a move in the summer, despite Real Madrid's casual interest in securing his services, Goal understands.

Reports in Spain had suggested an agreement had been struck between Hazard and Chelsea's transfer chiefMarina Granovskaia to listen to any approaches from Real Madrid, but no talks have yet started.

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Antonio Conte has led Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League and they are 10 points clear of the chasing pack, while Hazard is said to be loving life again at Stamford Bridgeafter a difficult season last year.

Real Madrid boss Zidane has always liked Hazard, who idolised the former France international growing up, but Chelsea will play hard ball with Madrid over any approach.

Hazard is also unlikely to push for a move away as he is settled in London with his young family and he is happy with the football that Chelsea are playing under Conte.

Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid are prioritising new signings in other positions too and they havemade Hazard's Blues team-mate Thibaut Courtois their number one transfer target as they look to sign a 'galactico' goalkeeper.

Chelsea will look to Atletico Madrid'sJan Oblak as a replacement, if they lose Courtois, but they have made no such contingency plan with Hazard for the summer.

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Hazard and Courtois both picked up injuries during international duty with Belgium but they are expected to return in time to face Crystal Palace and Manchester City in the coming days.

Meanwhile, a source close to Conte has told Goal that the Chelsea manager talks about Alvaro Morata "almost every day" and it appears that the Madrid striker willbeone of his biggest targets ahead of the summer transferwindow.

However, aswap deal involving Chelsea and Real Madrid players is unlikely due to the complexity involved in combining deals, with anyinterest in James Rodriguez appearing to beminimal.

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