Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has talked up the possibility of Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard joining Real Madrid: “He can lead any project.”
The Belgium international has long been linked with a move to the European champions and last month he told the media that he has “already made a decision” over his future.
The 28-year-old has never hidden his admiration for Zinedine Zidane and the Frenchman’s reappointment in Madrid’s hotseat could prove decisive in the approach.
“I think Eden Hazard is in the best moment of his career, we saw him in the World Cup, he's ready to face any project and to lead any project,” Martinez told RTL when asked if the player could join Madrid.
“I want all my players to have big roles at important clubs, that is the level they can be at and Eden is no different.”
The playmaker has also said this year that he “did not want any regrets” on his career in the latest of a long-running line of hints that he would be open to a move to Madrid.
Last month, The London Evening Standard claims the Chelsea star, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in June 2020, is now tipped for a move to the Spanish capital this summer.
Madrid are likely to redouble their efforts in the close season, in order to have the former Lille star in place ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.