Belgian forward Eden Hazard has admitted that he would welcome the chance to work with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, claiming that it was his “dream” to play for the World Cup winner.
Hazard has often linked with a switch to the reigning Liga champions, but Chelsea have been able to fend off any interest in their talented playmaker, with the player currently tied to terms through to 2020 at Stamford Bridge.
Still, while admitting he enjoys life with the Blues, the midfielder chose to leave the door open for a possible move to the Spanish capital by admitting that he hopes to work with Zidane on day, a man whom he admits he idolised growing up.
“Everyone knows the respect I have for the man,” Hazard said. “For the player he was and for the coach he is, he was my idol.”
“Of course I don’t know what will happen in my career in the future, but to play under him would be a dream. At this time, though, I’m happy at Chelsea. I still have a lot of things to do at Chelsea, and I’m focused on Chelsea.”
Hazard has also talked up the possibility of working with Jose Mourinho again at some stage in his career after sharing Premier League title glory under the Portuguese in 2014-15, although he was also among those accused of contributing to Mourinho’s departure from Stamford Bridge the following season.
Talks of an apparent feud between the pair was reignited during Manchester United’s recent visit to west London, with Hazard blanking the now Red Devils boss as he emerged from the tunnel — something the player denies.
“It wouldn’t bother me to play under Jose Mourinho again,” he added.
In the meantime, Hazard will attempt to help Chelsea get back on track into the 2017-18 Premier League title race, after captaining Belgium against Mexico and Japan in international friendlies this week.