Eden Hazard, not Chelsea, will decide if he will move to Real Madrid this summer, former Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.
Chelsea have Hazard under contract until June 2020 but Real’s interest has been widely reported and Calderon has said the Belgium international has the power to force through a move if that is his wish and Real would be prepared to pay a world record fee in the region of £100 million.
“Chelsea aren’t a selling club, so it wouldn’t be easy, but as always it would depend on the wishes of the player,” Calderon said. “If he wants to leave, he will leave — that’s always the point.
“It’s all about the player. The player must say, ‘I want to leave and go to Real Madrid,’ and that will be the moment they start negotiating.
“Chelsea will ask for a lot of money, I think that’s what the situation will be at the end of the season.
“Chelsea knows quite well how much has been paid in the market over the last few years, with [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale and [Paul] Pogba — £100 million is now the bar.
“That bar has been set by those transfers, so I think that’s how much a club like Chelsea would be asking for and the economy at Real Madrid is healthy — I don’t think that wouldn’t be a problem for them.