Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has fuelled speculation that club talisman Eden Hazard could part for Real Madrid.

Hazard, 27, was mooted to end his six-year association in west London during the summer and follow in the footsteps of compatriot Thibaut Courtois by heading to the Spanish capital.

However, after much conjecture, the highly-coveted Belgian remained at Stamford Bridge and has so far flourished under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri this season.

The mercurial marvel has started the campaign like a house on fire, rediscovering the form that launched Chelsea to the league title in 2015 and 2017, but that has only intensified the European champions’ reported interest.

And now, one of Los Blancos’ former students, Morata, has added fuel to the fire by suggesting that Hazard’s recent comments about a possible departure were motivated by a pure desire to play for Real.

Hazard recently told reporters (via The Guardian): “Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go.”

Morata, speaking in Madrid following his call-up to Luis Enrique’s Spain squad, said (via Marca): “If he has said it so clearly then it is because it is the case.

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“We have said that it is not a case of him wanting to leave Chelsea but more that Madrid make a move for him. He wouldn’t be a problem.

“What the situation is, is that he has a good relationship with the club, he is very happy and it is not like other cases where someone wants to leave the club whatever.”

Hazard will have some time away from the club to reflect on his future, as he is currently on international duty with his homeland. Belgium take on Switzerland on Friday night in a Uefa Nations League match.

Hazard under Sarri 

One of the fundamental components to the ‘Sarrismo’ philosophy, which thrived in Naples during the former banker’s time on Italian soil, was the use of a fluid front three.

Dries Mertens was converted from a winger to No 9, while Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne offered extraordinary pace and vigour on the wings; at Chelsea, Sarri has had to adapt to the physicality of the league and has hence deployed Olivier Giroud through the middle.

But again, Sarri has drawn widespread adulation for his ability to turn providers into goalscoring machines: first, it was Mertens, and now it is Hazard, with the latter already netting seven goals in eight Premier League appearances this term.

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