Paul Merson makes worrying Chelsea FC claim about Eden Hazard’s form

The Arsenal legend believes Eden Hazard's recent performances for Chelsea FC are a direct result of interest from Real Madrid

Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Paul Merson believes Eden Hazard’s prolific form is a direct result of Real Madrid’s reported interest in him.

Reports in the British media suggest that Real Madrid are interested in a deal to sign the Belgium international despite a move failing to materialise in the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid have a void to fill in their starting line up following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus from the Champions League holders in a £100m deal.

Hazard has already made a blistering start to the Premier League season following a return of seven goals in eight games to sit him at the top of the goal-scoring charts.

Indeed, Maurizio Sarri has helped to get the best-ever start to a season from Hazard, while the Chelsea FC number 10 is on course to smash the 16 goals that the Belgian scored in 2016-17 season.

Hazard has also netted a further goal in Chelsea FC’s 2-1 win against Liverpool FC in the Carabao Cup third round clash at Anfield to take his overall tally to eight goals and three assists.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Hazard is looking to impress Real Madrid with his ability to be a prolific goalscorer in hope of a move to the La Liga giants.

“When Ronaldo went, they looked at the Hazard situation and thought, ‘how many goals will he put on the table?’” Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“Hazard is completely different at the start of the season. Now he is looking to score goals. Before he was passing it to someone else.

“I think someone has whispered in his ear that he needs to put goals on the table for Real Madrid to come in for him. [Now] I think Real Madrid will come in.”

Hazard has netted against Newcastle United, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Chelsea FC and Southampton in the Premier League this season.

The Chelsea FC star has less than 24 months to run on his current deal and Hazard hasn’t committed to a new contract yet.

Hazard could be free to leave Chelsea FC for nothing in the summer of 2020 unless the Blues opt to sell the Belgian in a cut-price deal next year – or the 27-year-old commits to a new contract.

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