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Eden Hazard has long been linked with Real Madrid and the links were pretty much stronger this transfer window as the Spanish capital side tried to replace Cristiano Ronaldo that traded Madrid for Turin

Now the Belgium midfielder’s father Thierry Hazard has insisted that Hazard would have joined Real Madrid had Zinedine Zidane not stepped down.

‘It could have been a different story if Zidane had continued as Real Madrid coach. ‘But he had his reasons to leave,’ he said.

He then added: ‘I can’t say what happened. Maybe Real Madrid have a policy to give chances to youngsters.

‘Eden has another year on his contract next summer, and it’s possible that he’ll still end up at Real.’

Chelsea are interested in keeping the Belgian at Stamford Bridge and are trying to prepare an improved contract for him

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