Eden Hazard expecting phone call from Real Madrid about summer move

Belgium international Eden Hazard is reportedly waiting on a late call from Real Madrid in this summer's transfer window.

The Chelsea forward has recently returned to first-team training following an extended injury absence, and he took part in the Blues' Premier League 2 clash against Everton on Friday night.

According to DiarioMadridista, the Blues attacker is keeping a close watch on Gareth Bale's situation as the Welshman's departure could invite the European champions towards his signature. Manchester United are said to be interested in pursuing Bale before Thursday's deadline, but the deal may not materialise due to Real Madrid's reluctance to lose their player in the final stages of the transfer window.

As a result, Zinedine Zidane may not pursue Hazard this summer as his presence could stunt the progress of Spanish youngster Marco Asensio. Asensio is currently competing with the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco for a potential spot out wide, and the manager is not keen on adding more competition on the player's head.

Despite this, the report suggests that the European champions could revive their interest in Hazard at a later date with the Bernabeu giants likely to assess Bale's future during the campaign. The former Tottenham Hotspur star has not quite lived up to his early expectations at Real Madrid, and his injury concerns have come to haunt his progress in recent years.

Blues boss Antonio Conte expressed his disappointment at losing Nemanja Matic to Manchester United early on in the transfer window, and the club fans could be assured that Hazard won't be leaving Stamford Bridge regardless of the package on the table. The former Lille man played a key role in the Blues' Premier League triumph last season with 16 goals, and he could have a similar influence this term with the club also plying their trade in the Champions League.