Barcelona make first contact with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

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The Chelsea forward has been regularly linked with a switch to Madrid, those rumours growing in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's shock switch to Juventus.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, will respond to the shock sale of Cristiano Ronaldo with a summer spending spree of their own and are nearly certain to pursue Hazard.

Another of Barcelona's objectives for this summer also plays at Stamford Bridge: Eden Hazard.

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Hazard will lead Belgium for their World Cup third-place play-off clash against England in Russian Federation on Saturday before beginning his summer holidays.

And although Zinedine Zidane stepped down after the Champions League final, to be replaced by Julen Lopetegui, Hazard is still open to joining Madrid.

"Does Real make me dream less without Zidane?" .

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"It's a very easy question for me, he is one of the most complete footballers in the modern game now", Martinez told reporters of Hazard.

Hazard now has 2 more years left on his contract at Chelsea, but according to the report, the Belgian still hasn't put pen to paper on a £300,000-per-week contract extension, thus prompting people to believe that his move to Madrid might just happen this summer.

"He's probably one of the best footballers in one-v-one situations". The same report has suggested that the Catalan club having been wooing the Chelsea player for as much as three months now and they are clearly eager to get their man before the window closes.

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The Blues will be loath to let Hazard go, as he has arguably been their most vital attacking player over the last few seasons.