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Hazard jokes Chelsea won’t be able to afford £100m signing if he pens new deal

Date Posted,May 26, 2017

Eden Hazard joked that if he signs a big-money deal at Chelsea there might not be enough money left in the pot for the club to sign Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues forward is being courted by Real Madrid and is expected to be the subject of a huge offer in the summer as Zinedine Zidane looks to strengthen his side.

Hazard refused to rule out the prospect of leaving Stamford Bridge, although claimed he was happy in south west London.

“At this moment, there’s nothing [a contract] on the table. We’re waiting for the end of the season,” the 26-year-old told Het Nieuwsblad.

The Belgian was a key player in Antonio Conte’s title-winning side this season (Photo: PA)

“I’m still calm. We will talk. If not, then we’ll see.”

When asked if there is a chance he might move to a European rival in the summer, the Belgian replied: “For the moment, I don’t know. I’m happy at the club.

“When I’m back from the national team, we’ll have time to talk and see what’s possible.”

Romelu Lukaku is a transfer target for the Stamford Bridge club (Photo: Reuters)

Antonio Conte has been linked with a number of potential stars from across Europe including Tottenham’s Kyle Walker and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Lukaku is also on Chelsea’s radar after the Belgian announced that he wanted to leave Everton to play in the Champions League.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides third goal
Hazard said he will address his future when he returns from international duty (Photo: Getty)

He has unfinished business at the Bridge, given that he was let go back in 2014, and it seems Lukaku would be keen on a return.

However, the Toffees have slapped a world record £100million price tag on the head of their star man, which could provide a stumbling block for even the wealthiest teams.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard
Lukaku and Hazard with Belgium back in 2013 (Photo: REUTERS)

And it seems Hazard is well aware of this fact. While discussing a potential extension at Chelsea, he joked: “If I sign a contract, maybe there won’t be enough money left to get Romelu!”

“I’m kidding. Whoever comes in, we’ll be ready for the new season.”

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