Thibaut Courtois Says It Would Be ‘Nice’ If Eden Hazard Joined Real Madrid | Bleacher Report

Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (back) and Belgium's forward Eden Hazard attend a training session at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on July 9, 2018, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match against France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Real Madrid goalkeeper and former Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois has once again suggested Los Blancos should sign Eden Hazard, saying it would be “nice” to see the forward follow him to the Spanish capital.

HLN‘s Kristof Terreur shared the comments the stopper made to Belgian television channel VTM, noting Blues fans wouldn’t be happy to hear them:

The latest hint came less than two weeks after Courtois gave an interview to Het Nieuwsblad (h/t Dom Farrell of Goal) in which he said he would prefer Real sign Hazard over Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, emphasising how much he likes him.

Hazard himself has said he’s a fan of Los Blancos:

According to the Daily Telegraph‘s Matt Law in early February, the 28-year-old has already decided his future lies in Spain and is hoping for a summer move.

Hazard and Courtois play together for the Belgian national team and were Chelsea team-mates until last summer, when the latter returned to Spain. His departure from Stamford Bridge did not go down well with the fans, as noted by Sky Sports’ Michael Kelleher.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper previously played for Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid, and their fans also now aren’t too fond of the Belgian:

Hazard’s contract will have just one year left on it in the summer, and unless he signs a new deal before the end of the season, the upcoming transfer window will mark a key moment in his career.

He’s been with the Blues since 2012, winning two Premier League titles and the UEFA Europa League. He’s yet to make a major impact in the UEFA Champions League, a competition Real have excelled in with four titles in the last five years.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Imag

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At the age of 28, Hazard is in his prime, making this the perfect time to either sign a lucrative long-term contract extension or move to one of the world’s biggest clubs. Real’s attack has had its fair share of struggles since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus last summer, and the Spaniards are expected to spend big to fix it.

Chelsea cashed in on Courtois rather than losing him for free when his contract expired a year later. If Hazard makes it clear he wishes to leave, they’ll likely take the same approach again.

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