Hazard once again hints at an urge to join Real Madrid

Maurizio Sarri

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Barkley has operated largely as understudy to Mateo Kovacic in recent weeks but, having been selected ahead of the on-loan Real Madrid man, the England worldwide responded by setting up Eden Hazard's 30th-minute opening goal before adding the second - his first for the club - just before the hour.

"So I will see".

The Italian head coach, who was speaking to reporters after the game, as cited on Football London, revealed that he had this in his mind when deciding to leave the player out on Sunday.

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Barkley, who signed for Chelsea in January from Everton, bundled in the second from Olivier Giroud's acrobatic cross, and Hazard played in Morata to seal the win in stoppage time.

"But, from my point of view, I want him to stay - of course I do".

"It will be hard to hang onto him when Real Madrid come calling".

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Eden Hazard has made an electric start to the 2018-19 campaign, scoring eight goals in all competitions for Chelsea.

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Hazard does not appear to have told his teammates he wants out, which is a good sign. "I was dreaming about this club". "It is not like if I go I am happy and if I stay that I am unhappy".

"It is not that he wants to leave Chelsea, but if Madrid come in for him, there would be nothing blocking him". Although he opted not to open negotiations over a new deal last season, he will resume formal talks when Chelsea are ready.

"I could talk now [about a new contract]".

Chelsea totally controlled possession in the opening 20 minutes but Hazard's goal - his eighth of the season - came after a tricky spell for them. "I am talking a lot with them".

The Belgium global seems to be thriving in his new role under Maurizio Sarri, which allows him more freedom in the final third of the pitch to influence proceedings. "It is not trophies. Then I am happy".

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