Eden Hazard returning to Chelsea is a rumour that refuses to go away as his struggles at Real Madrid continue.
The Belgian winger has missed more games (57) than he’s played in for Carlo Ancelotti’s men (51) as injuries have plagued him since moving to the Bernabeu.
Hazard’s inability to replicate the form he showed at Chelsea has led to speculation that his time in Spain will come to an end sooner rather than later.
And naturally, a reunion at Stamford Bridge has been tipped as the winger’s most likely destination.
But those rumours have taken a step forward this week as Spanish outlet EL Nacional has reported that Chelsea are in early informal talks with Madrid to re-sign Hazard.
And Blues owner Roman Abramovich is ‘increasingly convinced’ that the 30-year old will prove he is one of the best in the world again if he makes the return to the Premier League .
Thomas Tuchel made it clear he was a big fan of Hazard before last season’s Champions League semi-final clash between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
He said: “He is a top quality player and a key player for many years at this club and this league, the hardest in the world.
“So consistent. I have the biggest respect for him. He is a big player, we have many people here who know him well.
“He was a key player for this club now he plays for Real Madrid.”
Gary Neville has also previously spoken highly of Hazard’s time in the Premier League and reckons he is like “poetry” when he is playing at his best.
He said in April 2019 on Sky Sports: “For purity, and pure football, when you’re five, six, seven years old, he is the best player to watch along with David Silva. It’s like poetry.
“The way they carry themselves on and off the pitch, it’s an absolute joy.
“For me, them two [Hazard and Silva], I can’t separate them but it’s a joy to watch them both.”