Paul Merson tells Chelsea FC to be prepared for Real Madrid interest in duo
The Arsenal legend warns Chelsea FC that Real Madrid will be interested in signing N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard in the summer
Real Madrid will look to raid Chelsea for N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard at the end of the season, Paul Merson has claimed.
The Spanish giants have been regularly linked with a move to sign the Belgian forward over the past couple of seasons.
However, Hazard has remained loyal to the west London side, with the Chelsea number 10 currently in contract negotiations.
Kante, meanwhile, was named the PFA player of the year last season after he helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title with two games to spare.
The defensive midfielder has earned favourable comparisons to former Chelsea, France and Real Madrid legend Claude Makelele for his playing style.
The Blues are in third place in the Premier League table but 15 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.
With uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea, some of the west London club’s top players could become unsettled.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson has claimed that Chelsea will lose Hazard and Kante to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
“Real Madrid will look for a world class attacker like Hazard,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Who is the best holding midfielder world in the moment? Kante. Chelsea have got a treasure chest of players.”
Chelsea have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Conte.
The Blues will take on La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 as Conte looks to win the competitions for the first time.