Sunday saw Cyprus take on Belgium in the UEFA European Championship qualifying round. Chelsea winger Eden Hazard made his 100th international appearance for the Red Devils.
Hazard got on the score sheet to score his 30th international goal in the 10th minute with a neat finish to the keeper’s left.
Michy Batshuayi, a loaned out Chelsea player currently playing for Crystal Palace, scored the Belgium’s second goal of the match just eight minutes later. There have been reports around England saying that the former Chelsea striker could make a return to Stamford Bridge over the summer since the London side is suspended from buying players in the next two transfer markets.
There have been on-going rumors about Hazard and his possible move to Real Madrid. Chelsea were handed a reassuring boost by their main man this week when Hazard brushed off reports stating that he had agreed a deal already with Madrid. According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Hazard had agreed a five-year deal worth €16.5 million-a-year.
Hazard commented on reports by saying, “There is nothing in the reports. I’m only focused on the game against Cyprus. That is all I’m thinking about.”
This is surely a good sign for Chelsea fans as they can breathe a sigh of relief for now. Madrid could really use a player like Hazard as their replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Los Blancos don’t have much to play for this season as they fired manager Santiago Solari and brought back former player and manager Zinedine Zidane.
Belgium is currently first in their group with six points in two games so far. The other members of group I include Cyprus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Scotland, and San Marino. Belgium is the clear favorite to top the group and move on to the next round.
The Red Devils’ next match will be June 8th against Kazakhstan, followed by another match against Scotland June 11th.