Chelsea’s Eden Hazard acknowledges the travelling fans after the draw at Leicester. (Mike Egerton/PA)
Eden Hazard has told Chelsea that he wants to end his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge and sign for Real Madrid.
Hazard informed Chelsea officials of his decision two weeks ago, with the club's concern over losing their star player heightened by the transfer ban that is currently hanging over the club after they were deemed to have breached transfer rules over signing junior players.
Belgium forward Hazard agreed to stay at Chelsea for one more season last summer after hinting he was ready to realise his dream of playing for Real Madrid following his sparkling displays at the World Cup finals, but now it appears he has set this heart on walking away from Stamford Bridge.
"I have made my decision, that's it, but it is not just about me," he told reporters after Sunday's Premier League game at Leicester.
"I'm still waiting like you are waiting and like the fans are waiting. When you are on the pitch, you try to be focused on the pitch with the ball. That's it. When I am on the pitch, I just try to do the best.
"I am not thinking about this and this, my situation or the club's situation. I just try to win games."
Hazard has suggested he will not make the decision over his future public until after Chelsea's Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku on May 29th, but Stamford Bridge chiefs now face a huge problem as they continue to fight the transfer ban that will block them making new signings this summer and in January 2019.
They have taken their appeal over the transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but could face a huge problem if Hazard pushes through a move to Real Madrid and they are not successful in their efforts to lift the transfer ban.