Ross Barkley hopes Eden Hazard will stay

He will turn 28 in January and accepts he probably has one more big transfer before retirement, describing Real as the "best club in the world".

Chelsea's Eden Hazard said it is still his "dream" to play for Real Madrid and he wants to "make it happen" but is determined not to leave under a cloud if he moves to Spain. "I want to keep doing it and keep everyone happy". I was dreaming about this club. He had a very serious injury and now he's improving every day. In my head, sometimes in my head I wake up in the morning...

The forward's stunning form this season - he tops the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals - has intensified speculation he could leave.

And yet again, it was their star man Eden Hazard who inspired the Blues to a comfortable 0-3 victory.

Morata replaced Giroud and wrapped up the points with a chipped finish in added time after being sent clear by Hazard. But I think the best will (is still to) come from him. "It is not like, if I go I am happy, and if I stay that I am unhappy".

Only time will tell what the future holds for Hazard and what his departure would mean for us.

Kovacic has performed excellently since arriving at Stamford Bridge but Barkley's display suggests the options available to Sarri are increasing as Chelsea look to build on their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

The Blues are, according to Sky Sports, hopeful they will be able to convince the Belgian to agree to a new deal and extend his stay with the London club despite talks failing past year as Madrid's interest emerged.

Last summer Hazard forced the situation to the extent that there were talks between the two clubs but they eventually broke down without agreement. "I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment".

However, Hazard insisted it is not trophies, but the enjoyment he gets from his football that will be the determining factor in his decision.

  • Rosalie Stanley