Real Madrid wants to take Chelsea players Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to La Liga in the summer, according to a report on Thursday.
Hazard has emerged as crucial to Chelsea’s English Premier League title charge, one season after his form dipped alarmingly. The Belgian has been Chelsea’s attacking fulcrum in manager Antonio Conte’s first year in charge at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea sits 10 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the division with 11 games of the season remaining.
Perhaps more worrying for Conte is the suggestion that Madrid wants a replacement for Keylor Navas, its current first-choice goalkeeper, and is considering Courtois. Hazard’s fellow Belgium international spent time on loan at Madrid’s cross-city rival Atletico from 2011 to 2014.
Losing two of its best players would leave Chelsea in an almost unprecedented position for a title winner, of having to rebuild immediately after triumph.
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