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Real Madrid are expected to make another bid for Eden Hazard after the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku next Wednesday.

Chelsea still want around £112 million for the Belgian star, while Real have offered £86m – but it is expected that a compromise will be reached in the days after the final, with Hazard keen to go, and Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane pushing for the deal to be done.

But Hazard has told friends that at all costs he wants the deal tied up by June 4 – just five days after the final – which is when he joins up with Belgium for international duty.

The Belgian captain and his side have Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan on June 8 and Scotland on June 11, and Hazard wants his move sorted out by then.


Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that the match in Azerbaijan will be Hazard’s last for the club. He said: “It looks like it is the last match in blue for Eden.

“He is a player that was crucial for Chelsea’s success in this last generation and Eden also will try to be what he is the majority of the time – a fantastic player on the pitch.

“He will want to win and possibly go to Real Madrid with a last trophy for Chelsea.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea fans have slammed the club for their lack of support in helping fans get to Baku for the final. Only around 2,000 are going due to high prices and lack of flights.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust said: “We are extremely disappointed that Chelsea have been unable or unwilling to help supporters overcome the travel, expense and logistics.

“We suggested provided a subsidy for travelling supporters.

“The lack of a statement from Chelsea is also disappointing. Arsenal issued a statement expressing frustration and disappointment on behalf of their supporters.

“At the very least it sent out a message that they were concerned about the difficulties supporters faced. A similar statement from Chelsea would have engendered much-needed goodwill.”

The Trust also criticised Chelsea for not staging a screening of the game for fans, as both Tottenham and Liverpool are doing for the Champions League final.

The statement added: “We believe that Chelsea have missed a great opportunity to facilitate a ‘live broadcast’ or ‘beam back’ of the match.”

Chelsea finally issued a statement last night, saying: “We sympathise with the problems our supporters face travelling to Azerbaijan, and would like to reassure fans that alongside Arsenal and our travel partners at Thomas Cook Sport, we have looked at various options to help.

“A number of factors outside the club’s control have made organisation a challenging process. This includes the location of the final being 2,500 miles from London, a lack of available charter aircraft and transport infrastructure.

“We will continue to work with all relevant organisations to try to ensure satisfactory travel arrangements. Please do not travel if you have not purchased a ticket.”

The club said they could not organise a screening of the final because of a previously planned event taking place at Stamford Bridge.


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