Eden Hazard admits that he still dreams of playing for Real Madrid despite making it clear that he is happy at Chelsea following an impressive start to the campaign. "I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January", he said.
Barkley has operated largely as understudy to Mateo Kovacic in recent weeks but, having been selected ahead of the on-loan Real Madrid man, the England worldwide responded by setting up Eden Hazard's 30th-minute opening goal before adding the second - his first for the club - just before the hour. "I don't want to lie, it is my dream since I was a kid".
And the Ryder Cup victor with Europe insists even fans of rival clubs in the Premier League would want him to remain in English football. We have seen Hazard on form before, but he needs to produce consistently, season after season; not one season on, one season off. Hazard will want to be a Champions League victor. "I want what's good for me, but I want what's good for the club because the club has given me everything".
Like Hazard, Barkley has enjoyed a fine start to the season and has been rewarded with a call-up to England's squad for their upcoming Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.
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Hazard, 27, has always been linked with a move to the Bernabeu, and was keen to work under childhood hero and former Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
Chelsea had the final word, though, as the irrepressible Hazard sent Alvaro Morata clean through and the substitute chipped the ball over McCarthy. But I think the best will (is still to) come from him.
He said: "It might be time to discover something different". Sometimes I think I want to stay. "I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment". It's too early to talk about when to change if I'm going to change.
It has all the makings of being a memorable season and Hazard has played a huge part in that. It is being reported that the west London club is vying to tie him down for a new five-year deal worth £300,000 a week. When you have confidence, you play more often. "I think Manchester City and Liverpool now are a step forward of us". The Belgian now leads the way in the Premier League top goalscorers table with six, and Southampton will have find a way to nullify him if they're to come away with anything.