Florentino Perez responds to Neymar or Kylian Mbappe transfer question

Eden Hazard

Maurizio Sarri knows Chelsea star Eden Hazard idolises Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

Hazard has always been a target for Real, who see the Belgium worldwide as a far more realistic option than signing Neymar or Kylian Mbappe from PSG.

And the other huge factor in the Hazard scenario is that unless Chelsea can get their imminent two window transfer ban frozen temporarily in the Court of Arbitration in Sport, they will not be able to sign players to replace him in the summer.

However, the return of Mbappe's idol, Zidane, 46, to Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium has left the French press tense with speculation, reports Efe news.

Zidane returns to the club much-loved, having won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles as manager before resigning in May previous year.

The fact also that his hero Zinedine Zidane has returned to Real Madrid as manager has suddenly brought another major factor into the Hazard equation.

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Perez said: "Zidane is French, so with Mbappe he could do something, no?"

Mbappe has previously downplayed a move away from PSG in the near future, though has not ruled out an eventual shift to the Spanish capital. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

On Monday, a club statement confirmed Solari's sacking and said, "The board of directors. agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as head coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three campaigns, until June 30, 2022".

Chelsea take a commanding 3-0 lead into Thursday's second leg in Kiev, but Sarri refused to guarantee that unsettled academy prospect Callum Hudson-Odoi - who came on as a substitute to score his team's third goal at Stamford Bridge - will be picked to start.

Five days after a third triumph in last season's Champions League final over Liverpool, the former Real Madrid midfielder made a decision to walk away, saying it was the right moment to depart.

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