Eden Hazard has revealed that he turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain on more than one occasion before he eventually left Chelsea to join Real Madrid last summer.
The Belgian joined Zinedine Zidane’s side when he left west London in a deal worth an initial
It was a saga that rumbled on for countless transfer windows, with Hazard eventually bidding farewell to Stamford Bridge after lifting the Europa League trophy with Chelsea – when they defeated Arsenal 4-1 in the final – in what was ultimately his last match for the club.
While the rumours of a move to Madrid were prevalent throughout his final years with the Premier League side, the 28-year-old insisted that they weren’t the only interested party, and he in fact turned down the approaches of the Ligue 1 giants frequently.
“They often tried to recruit me, but I didn’t want to return to Ligue 1 unless it was to join Lille,” he told L’Equipe.
“The first two or three months at Real Madrid were not as I wanted them to be,” he added.
“Zinedine Zidane told me to remain calm.
“It is true, when I am on vacation, I am on vacation,” he concluded.