BRUSSELS: Eden Hazard has had an extra complication added to his summer after suffering an ankle fracture on Sunday while training ahead of Belgium’s matches against Estonia and Czech Republic.
Hazard has been outstanding for Chelsea since his £32m arrival from Lille in 2012 and has been linked with transfer interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
An convalescence of between six and eight weeks offers the player and his advisers more time to consider whether to extend his five-year stay with Chelsea or head for newly re-crowned European champions Real Madrid.
Hazard was voted the Blues’ Player of the Year for his efforts this past Premier title-winning season in which he made up for a lacklustre 2015-16 campaign by scoring 17 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.
The 26-year-old has refused to rule out a transfer to the Spanish capital when asked about his reaction to the expected approach from Madrid.
After Chelsea’s FA Cup Final defeat by Arsenal he said: “Of course I would consider it if Madrid made an offer. We all have our dreams. It could be Spain, it could be staying with Chelsea. I’m good where I am now. I think I can stay at Chelsea for many years.
“I am keen to win trophies. It would be great to win the Champions League. But Chelsea’s goal is to win the Champions League as well. Honestly, I do not know what will happen.
“I only know that I still have a contract with Chelsea for three seasons and that we just had an amazing 2016-17 campaign. We want to continue on this path and want to build on this in the Champions League.
“I am feeling very well at Chelsea. But you never know what will happen. I have not met with the board yet to discuss a new deal.”