A report has emerged on how Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard indirectly communicated with Real Madrid that he “would never sign” for the club if Antonio Conte was appointed.
The Belgian requested the club not to put the Italian in charge at the Bernabeu, respected Spanish journalist, Eduardo Inda said.
Concise News reports that the Spanish club announced the departure of Julen Lopetegui after just four and a half months in charge on Monday.
Lopetegui was “provisionally replaced” by ex-player and manager of Real Madrid Castilla, Santiago Solari.
Though football analysts had predicted Conte to step in after he held talks with club president, Florentino Perez but a proposed deal seems to have stalled and Inda said Hazard was behind it.
Hazard has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabeu but Chelsea opted not to cash in on him last summer.
The Belgian has made no secret of his desire to secure a ‘dream’ move to the Spanish capital but it appears he isn’t keen on a reunion with Conte.
However, Inda told Express Sports that the winger has indirectly communicated with Madrid that he “would never sign” for the club if Conte was appointed.
It is believed that Madrid are set to return for the Belgian in January and know they’d have no chance of convincing him to leave west London if Conte was in charge.
The Chelsea star and Conte spent two years together at Stamford Bridge, and while appearing to get on during their time, the former has since criticised his ex-manager.
Hazard had insisted that he prefers playing under Maurizio Sarri and was also reportedly not comfortable with the role and position he played under Conte.