That’s the claim of Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.

Hazard has long been linked with a switch to Spain to play for European champions Real, with boss Zinedine Zidane a big fan of the player.

And Terreur thinks the broken ankle the attacking ace picked up in training with Belgium in June could have seen a Madrid switch fall through.

“As long as Zidane is the manager it will always pop up,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast when quizzed about Hazard.

“But I think Chelsea are trying to convince him to sign a new contract.

“I think if he hadn’t injured himself at the end of last season during the international period with Belgium, it might have happened already.