Eden Hazard has delivered a major warning to Chelsea while urging longtime admirers Real Madrid to make an approach for him this summer.
Hazard helped Chelsea to FA Cup victory in May. Although it was a disappointing season for Antonio Conte’s side, who ended the season in fifth a year after winning the Premier League title.
The Belgium international now wants an array of top-quality signings at Chelsea, as well as positive choice of new manager with reports claiming Antonio Conte is expected to leave the club this summer.
The 27-year-old said:
“I will stay at Chelsea if the team is better than it was last season. I don’t want to stay if we are less good.
“It would be too easy for me to say that I want to leave because I have done it all.
“I have won everything bar the Champions League in London. I am where I am in my career thanks to Chelsea.
“Above all I would love to know what will happen at the club next season. I will wait and see whether the manager stays or goes.
“As everybody knows, Real Madrid could interest me. But if tomorrow they don’t want me, I won’t talk about them any more.
“If they want to buy me they know what they have to do.
“I wouldn’t join them just for the sake of it. I need to have a project, and I still have one at Chelsea.
“If I have a good World Cup then things will be easier.”
The winger, who’s rated at £99 million by Transfermkt, joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 and has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, FA Cup and the League Cup with the London base club.
His Belgium side are due to play England in their final Group G fixture in Kaliningrad on June 28. The Red Devils begin their Russia campaign with a win against Panama on Monday afternoon.