Eden Hazard faces impossible choice with the benefit of perspective | Jacob Steinberg

The Chelsea forward knows time to seal a dream move to Real Madrid is limited but he is not the type to kick up a fuss

What would you do? You’re a top footballer for one of the richest and most successful teams in England. You play in the Premier League and you know that opposition defenders are terrified whenever you get the ball. You have won trophies and individual awards and your fans adore you. Life in London is good. You never know, they might build a statue of you outside the ground one day.

But despite all that, your eyes are wandering. You have started to question your club’s ambition. You have never won the Champions League and a lot of people are saying that you have to leave to reach the next level. The argument goes that you have to push yourself in order to be considered an elite player. Don’t sign that new contract. Push for a move. You have dreamt of playing for Real Madrid since childhood and they have a vacancy for a new star forward. Go there, become a European champion, score in the Clásico, win a Ballon d’Or, increase your brand’s profile. What would you do? Don’t kid yourself: you’re putting in the transfer request, you disloyal snake.

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