Eden Hazard Refusing £300,000 Chelsea Contract in Hope of Real Madrid Move

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has made clear his desire to eventually leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid after refusing to sign a bumper new contract, according to reports.

Manager Antonio Conte urged the club on Saturday (December 2) to secure the future of Hazard and compatriot Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea goalkeeper.

But neither player is keen on extending their deals, even though Chelsea offered to make Hazard the highest-paid player in the club's history with a £300,000-a-week deal.

The offer, according to The Times, was made in September but Hazard has stalled on signing as it would likely end any chance of him ever moving to Real Madrid.

For Hazard's current deal still has two-and-a-half years to run, which would see the Belgian forward turn 29 before he was free to leave.

Real Madrid has held a strong interest in Hazard over the past couple of seasons but is yet to make a formal offer to Chelsea.

Zinedine Zidane sees the 26-year-old as a potential successor for Cristiano Ronaldo, and part of a future Real attack that includes 21-year-old Marco Asensio.

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Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge, London, December 2. Hazard is stalling on a new deal at Chelsea. Catherine Ivill/Getty

While Zidane is an admirer of Hazard, the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is aiming to mould the next generation of Galacticos around home-grown players.

But reports on Monday suggested summer-signing Dani Ceballos was already seeking a move away from the Bernabeu having barely featured this season.

Hazard's teammate Courtois, meanwhile, has also delayed talks on a new deal at Chelsea as he, too, wants a move to the Spanish capital, due to family reasons.

Courtois, the Evening Standard say, wants to spend more time with his two young children who are based in Madrid with their mother, who Courtois met during his time on loan at Atletico Madrid. But the two separated earlier this year.

Chelsea has made generous concessions to try and retain their star performers. With Hazard, the club has offered to make him the highest paid player in its history, while willing to meet the contract demands of Courtois to be paid the equivalent of David De Gea at Manchester United - but both remain eager to exit for Madrid.