After Belgium beat Brazil, Real Madrid's plans changed

Eden Hazard has re-emerged as a target for Florentino Perez

Neymar Junior y Eden Hazard en acción durante el Mundial de Rusia 2018
Neymar Junior y Eden Hazard en acción durante el Mundial de Rusia 2018 | AFP

Eden Hazard won the battle with Neymar on Friday as Belgium beat Brazil in the World Cup and the effect has been almost immediate: the Chelsea forward has become an option for Florentino Perez if PSG don't sell the Brazilian. 

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Perez's plans for the future depend on Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star who doesn't feel recognised financially or sportingly at the Bernabeu. Therefore, if the Portugal star leaves for Juventus, convincing Neymar to return to Spain (and PSG to sell) is the idea... although his failure at the World Cup could add some nuance.

Problems with PSG

Madrid know that PSG, obsessed about winning their first Champions League, don't want to sell despite their problems with Fair Play. For that reason, neither Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, their other star who is lighting up the World Cup, will not be easily signed. 

From there, Perez and his No.2, Madrid's general director Jose Angel Sanchez, have added another player to their agenda: Chelsea and Belgium's Hazard. 

Plan B 

Acording to Marca, Hazard's talent works in his favour and he's always been liked by Madrid. His form in the World Cup has increased their interest. It was James Rodriguez's performances in Brazil in 2014 which pushed Los Blancos into signing the Colombian, after all. 

Hazard's never hidden his desire to move to Madrid. He has admitted, even this summer, that he would be inclined to move there "if they want" him in n interview with L'Equipe. "If I have a good World Cup, things will be easier," he even suggested.

Chelsea 

Another matter, though, is how Chelsea would react to interest in their star player. They're looking to renew their project after missing out on the Champions League -- although that could be the main reason Hazard would be keen to quit Stamford Bridge. 

Thierry Hazard, his agent and father, told Le Soir: "[Eden Hazard] rejected an extension at Chelsea in case the interest from Madrid is taken to the next level." 

The Belgian international has a contract until June 30, 2020 and rejected terms worth 18 million euros per season. 

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