• Premier League

Bernabeu calling for Hazard

ESPN staff
December 23, 2012
Eden Hazard relishes playing with the pressure of a hefty price tag, according to Christian Benteke © PA Photos

Christian Benteke believes Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard could secure a dream move to Real Madrid in the next two years.

Hazard, 21, joined Chelsea this summer after five years with Lille and has made a promising start to life in the Premier League.

However, Hazard has previously spoken about his desire to play in Spain at some stage in his career, and Aston Villa forward Benteke, a close friend, feels the Blues playmaker could be bound for the Bernabeu before long.

"I am not surprised at Eden's success with Chelsea, and he can do even better," Benteke told The Sun. "He has the qualities needed to become an even greater player. His dream is to join Real Madrid, so I don't see why he can't join them in a year or two."

Hazard is reported to have cost Chelsea a fee upwards of £30 million but is relishing the pressure, Benteke added.

"He has already told me what his life is like with the high levels of expectation. He has been signed for many millions of pounds and he will always have the pressure of his price tag. He will forever have to do more than the others, he is condemned to always be at the top of his game.

"He realises this and he relishes the challenge. His fantasy football takes off some of the pressure on him. Eden dares to try things and is not afraid to face up to his responsibilities."

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