Eden Hazard 'stalling over new deal amid Real Madrid interest'

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Silva cost Manchester City £43.5 last summer after an impressive season at Monaco where he won the Ligue 1 and got to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Los Blancos are expected to undergo a major overhaul of their squad this summer, with Hazard one of a number of Premier League players thought to be on their radar. The Blues were blown away by City on Sunday and Hazard wasn't happy with the way his side performed in the match which saw them slip fivepoints off the top-four places.

"We want to win every game, every time". "We were better with the ball, but we needed to do that during the whole match". He has been instrumental in the midfield while contributing heavily in city's build-up play.

"When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you've ran [a lot], but that you haven't played a game of football".

"I was trying to jump, but it's not easy to win duels against Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte", he said.

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Conte has deployed star player Eden Hazard as a false nine in the big games this season, favouring him in that position over out-and-out strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. "For me personally, it's hard to play well if you only get the ball three times".

With Karim Benzema a pale shadow of his domineering best and Gareth Bale's tryst with injuries seeing him go in and out of the side, a lot of the goalscoring burden has fallen on Cristiano Ronaldo, who himself has rediscovered his best form only recently.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, he said: "He's the star player at Chelsea". I should be playing in a team that actually dominates the game'.

"They were getting absolutely hammered, they were getting passed off the park, they weren't getting close and they weren't laying a glove but with 20 minutes to go, I'm thinking, you know what, there are plenty of teams doing this and then they have a dig for 20 minutes at the end because they've held off and City do tire a bit towards the end".

Matt Law, who writes for The Telegraph, and a close watcher and source of Chelsea happenings revealed that there is a palpable fear in the Chelsea camp they will lose Hazard to his other admirers like Real Madrid if the current situation persists.