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Balague: Real Madrid have a "strong", interest in Chelsea star

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But the La Liga giants got an unexpected boost in their pursuit of Hazard when the winger's father, Thierry Hazard, claimed his son has already rejected Chelsea's contract offer.

Chelsea are yet to offer him a contract extension but they see him as the cornerstone around which the team is built. As we saw against Norwich in the FA Cup last week, remove Hazard and Chelsea are far less threatening. In the days following, Hazard made plenty of noise about his willingness to sign a contract (but only after Thibaut Courtois signs, too!), including an impromptu interview following the National Basketball Association in London game where he all but confirmed that it's only a matter of time before he signs on the dotted line.

The 27-year-old Chelsea superstar said, "My dad says some bad things". [Is he in trouble?] Yeah.

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Hazard was in superb form as Chelsea brushed aside Brighton 4-0 on Saturday, scoring twice, and Cundy was impressed with the performance turned in from a player he rates highly. Like I said 10 times before, I want to finish this season and then we'll see. I've got two years' contract left and I'm happy here. "I'm happy to score my first goal this season. but hopefully I'll score more in the future".

Real Madrid face a battle for the signature of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain reportedly leading the way in the pursuit of the Belgian, according to reports.