Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is impressed by Eden Hazard’s development at Chelsea and revealed he is “keeping an eye on” the Belgian.
The 24-year-old has been the standout player at Stamford Bridge this season, notching 18 goals and 10 assists, and was recently nominated for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards.
Hazard penned a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea in February as Jose Mourinho looked to secure the future of his prized assest, but Madrid are reported to be long-term admirers.
“There are players I keep an eye on and who I like a lot, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course. They’re fantastic players, but I like Eden Hazard a lot too,” Zidane told Fifa.com.
“I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he’s improving every year. He can still get better too.
“I think he’s a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table.”
Hazard has previously spoken of his own admiration for Zidane, taking the No.10 shirt at Chelsea to emulate his “idol” once Juan Mata left Stamford Bridge.