Eden Hazard insists a return to Chelsea is ‘out of the question’ as he continues to be linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge.
The Real Madrid winger has been hampered with injuries since making the switch to La Liga in 2019 and has been unable to recreate the impressive form he showed on a regular basis in the Premier League.
Hazard was a part of the Madrid side that Chelsea knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage, before his former employers would go on to win the tournament against Manchester City on Saturday night.
The Belgian international was criticised for laughing with former teammate Kurt Zouma at full-time of the second leg.
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This has led to reports suggesting he does not have a future at the Bernabeu with some tipping a reunion with Thomas Tuchel’s men.
But Hazard has ruled out that possibility and insists he is determined to ‘prove himself’ at Real Madrid next season.
He said: “I still have a three-year contract with Real Madrid, so going back to England is out of the question.
‘Everyone knows that my first two years were not good, so first I want to prove myself at Real Madrid. I will do everything to do that.
“I certainly don’t see myself leaving Madrid, given the contract situation.
“I know myself and I know when I’m in shape. If that’s the case, I can give it my all for Real next season. That’s my plan.”
Hazard has now linked up with his Red Devils teammates for the upcoming European championships this summer.
The 30-year-old was at the peak of his powers at the 2018 World Cup as Belgium were put out by eventual winners France in the semi-final.
The former Lille winger is a long way off replicating that type of form, but he hopes he can get himself 100% fit and contribute towards his country’s bid to win it all.
He added: “I’m fine, I train well and I can do it for another two weeks. I hope to be ready for the first match in Russia.
“Practice matches will do me good, it’s always good to be here with the group. It will be a great tournament to prepare for. I hope everyone is fit, including me. It will do me good to play some games to start well.
“I still have some pain in my thigh and I see what we are doing with the medical team and the manager.
“I couldn’t play the last game with Real Madrid so I had a week off and now it’s time to see if I have to train alone first or no.”