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Hazard has talked up his admiration for Zidane over the years, going so far as to say it "would be a dream" to play under the Federation Internationale de Football Association 1998 World Cup victor, per RTL (h/t Sky Sports News).

Hazard is yet to sign a new contract with Chelsea as he is still at the World Cup with Belgium in Russian Federation, where he has played a starring role in their run to the semi-finals.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard hints that it is still his "dream" to play for Real Madrid despite the departure of Zinedine Zidane, but insists that he is content at Chelsea.

Chelsea's hopes of holding on to their key asset aren't helped by the uncertainty surrounding their manager as Antonio Conte remains in charge, despite a protracted saga involving Napoli's Maurizio Sarri.

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"I know him well, I know that when he makes a decision, he does so knowing all the consequences".

Talking to beIN Sports France ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semifinal clash between the two in Saint Petersburg, the Chelsea star spoke about the Paris Saint-Germain forward in glowing terms.

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"Zidane is someone special, it's true, but I think Real is everyone's dream".

Though the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have made the move from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, Madrid are said to be wary of negotiating with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

"Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!"

Before the World Cup, Hazard said he only wanted to stay at Chelsea beyond the summer if the club was in a position to improve on last season and was waiting to see who the manager would be.

Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly looking to leave the club and Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the Argentine.

"Juventus want to win the Champions League, but not only that, to be recognised on the same level as the greatest clubs in the world", he told Sky Sport Italia.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.