Eden Hazard Admits Interest in Real Madrid Move & Reveals What Chelsea Must Do to Keep Him

?Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has added fuel to the ongoing speculation that he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer after admitting that he has no intention of staying if the team is not going to improve on a poor 2017/18, while adding that Real Madrid could be of interest.

Hazard, who will shortly enter the final two years of his current Chelsea contract, has been heavily linked with Real for some time.

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It was thought that interest from the reigning European champions could subside following Zinedine Zidane’s recent exit, given the public admiration the two men hold for each other, but Hazard has essentially put the ball in Real’s court by stating ‘they know what they have to do’.

“I do not want to stay if we are less good. Real Madrid can interest me, everyone knows that,” he told ?L’Equipe ahead of Belgium’s World Cup opener against Panama.

“But if tomorrow [Real] does not want me, we will no longer speak about it. If they want to buy me they know what they have to do.”

As for Chelsea? “I am waiting to see if the club stays or goes. If I stay, it will be because the team will be better than the season we have just experienced,” he said.

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Chelsea finished the 2017/18 campaign by lifting the FA Cup after beating Manchester United at Wembley, but poor Premier League season saw the club finish fifth and miss out on Champions League football for the second time in three years.

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Fans Vote Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo as Man of the Match in Thrilling 3-3 Draw with Spain

Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain is undoubtedly the front runner for match of the tournament so far, due in no small part to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. 

His dominant performance came as a reminder of just how talented Ronaldo is, and 90min readers voted in their thousands to crown Cristiano Ronaldo as their man of the match. Ronaldo received around 16,000 votes, leaving a huge gap between himself and the rest of the players, which sums up Ronaldo’s performance in the game.

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Ronaldo put on a clinical performance, scoring three of his four shots, including a stunning free kick which even David De Gea could do nothing about. He terrorised Spain’s defence for the entire game, proving why he is the current reigning Ballon d’Or winner.

The ?Real Madrid man was a threat from start to finish, opening the scoring in the fourth minute of the match and ending it in the 88th, highlighting just how complete Ronaldo’s performance was.

Early in the game, Ronaldo was brought down in the penalty area by Nacho. After successfully converting the penalty, Portugal could sit back and focus on subduing Spain’s tika-taka style. Spain created many chances, with Real Madrid’s Isco excelling throughout the game, but Ronaldo’s ability to lead counter attacks meant that they were always in with a chance to win this match.

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Long balls from Portugal’s defence and midfield were frequently directed towards talisman Ronaldo, who constantly managed to control the ball with any part of his body. A series of neat flicks and subtle passes allowed his teammates to join his attack, completing 36 passes throughout.

His hat-trick was the 51st to be scored in ?World Cup history, and coincidentally it was also the 51st of Ronaldo’s professional career. He became only the fourth player to score at four different World Cup tournaments.

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Ronaldo’s talents were on show throughout the match, and Spain found themselves unable to cope with him. Portugal will meet Morocco before closing out their group stage against Iran, and Ronaldo will be looking to add to his three goals in the tournament. 

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Sky Sports Journalist Hints Real Madrid Lead Liverpool in the Race to Sign Primary Target

?Sky Sports journalist Vinny O’Connor has claimed that Spanish giants ?Real Madrid are leading ?Liverpool in the race to sign Roma’s 25-year-old goalkeeper Alisson.

The Anfield club are understood to be looking for a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius’ poor performance in the Champions League final last month and have been linked with a move for the Brazilian throughout the summer.

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Brazilian international Alisson is also wanted by Real Madrid though, as Los Blancos look to try and bolster their own options between the posts ahead of next season, under new boss Julen Lopetegui.

Sky Sports reporter O’Connor revealed during the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, as quoted by Sport Review, that the player may be preferring a move to the Bernabeu over Anfield.

O’Connor said: “The biggest factor for Liverpool is that the player seems more keen on a move to Real Madrid.”

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Alisson, also called Alisson Becker, made 37 appearances in Serie A for Roma this season, conceding just 28 goals and keeping a total of 17 clean sheets.

He moved to the Italian capital from Brazilian club Internacional for a fee of £7.2m in 2016.

Alisson is in Brazil’s World Cup squad this summer, looking to add to his current tally of 26 senior international caps. He played at Anfield in early June with Brazil during a warm-up friendly against Croatia.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to significantly strengthen his Reds team this summer, with transfer targets in a number of positions, as the side prepare for a title push next season.

The Anfield club have already signed midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco this summer, with the Merseyside club looking to get their business done early in the transfer market to avoid inflated prices.

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Liverpool had also targeted a move for French midfielder Nabil Fekir but talks broke down spectacularly in the eleventh hour, and his current club Lyon say he will remain their player next season.

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Real Madrid ‘Unmoved’ After World Cup Heroics & Will Demand €1bn if Ronaldo Wants to Leave

The Real Madrid hierarchy are remaining adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo will not leave the Santiago Bernabéu this summer despite his latest man of the match performance with Portugal, according to reports.

It has been rumoured for some time that the 33-year-old could be vying for a move this summer, something which wasn’t helped by his comments immediately after Madrid’s comfortable win in the Champions League final.

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It has been suggested that Los Blancos could look to bring Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar to the club ahead of the new season, with the French giants interested in bringing Ronaldo to the Parc des Princes.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is even believed to have been in attendance as Ronaldo single handily rescued a point for Portugal in their highly anticipated match against Spain.

But Spanish outlet Marca have insisted that Real Madrid’s decision makers haven’t changed their tune over Ronaldo’s future at the club, even despite his performance in Portugal’s opening match at the 2018 World Cup.

The club even relayed that message back to the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in a meeting last week.

Ronaldo has a contract in the Spanish capital until 2021 and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be held to that deal unless a club is willing to meet his €1bn release clause.

Many expect that Ronaldo will eventually move back to boyhood club Sporting CP before he hangs up his boots for good, with some also believing that his journey back to the Estádio José Alvalade could be via Manchester United.

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But Real Madrid’s hierarchy are insisting that the Portugal international sees out the remainder of his contract at the Santiago Bernabéu, all but ending PSG’s hopes of making a big-money signing this summer.

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Barcelona Star Hits Out at Cristiano Ronaldo for ‘Throwing Himself’ in Spain/Portugal Thriller

Barcelona star Gerard Piqué was unhappy with Cristiano Ronaldo’s theatrics in the wake of Spain’s dramatic 3-3 draw against Portugal on Friday.

Piqué’s defensive partner Nacho Fernández gave away a clumsy penalty early on which Ronaldo put away with ease. Spain’s Diego Costa then scored twice, either side of Ronaldo’s second of the game.

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?Real Madrid defender Nacho then scored a wonder goal that could have secured all the points for La Roja, but Piqué was adjudged to have fouled Ronaldo just outside the area and the Los Blancos star fired in an incredible free kick to snatch a point in the last minute of the game.

But Spain’s Piqué clearly felt aggrieved by the incident. The 31-year-old is of the opinion that Ronaldo made the most of his challenge, even claiming that the Portugal international is ‘prone’ to hitting the deck too easily.

We have had more chances. They had three shots and scored three goals,” Piqué said after the match, quoted by FourFourTwo“Games go one way and you have to face it.

“Finding yourself in the opening game of a World Cup with a penalty against you in the second minute, you have to leave with good feelings after how the match went. Cristiano is prone to throwing himself.”

Iran’s shock victory over Morroco earlier in the day has seen Carlos Queiroz’s side finish matchday one at the top of Group B. 

But Team Melli will face Spain and then Portugal in their next two games knowing that they will have to cause an upset to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup.

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