EDEN HAZARD and Raheem Sterling will be snubbed by Real Madrid if they can land Neymar or Kylian Mbappe.
That is according to ESPN pundit and former Chelsea ace Craig Burley.
PSG’s two superstar forwards have long been touted as targets for the La Liga giants.
Real still need a world-class replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, having allowed the 33-year-old to leave for Juventus.
Chelsea winger Hazard has talked up his desire to join the Madrid outfit with his contract running down.
The 27-year-old, who shone at the World Cup this summer, has just two years left on his deal at Stamford Bridge.
Talks over a new contract are still ongoing, but Hazard is open to joining Real.
Whether the Bernabeu outfit feel as strongly about signing the Belgium international, though, remains to be seen.
Hazard could be a more affordable option given his short contract at Chelsea.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if any player was keen on going to Real Madrid”
But ex-Barcelona goalscorer Neymar and France’s teenage sensation Mbappe have proven they are at the summit of world football.
And Burley cannot see Hazard or Manchester City and England winger Sterling – another reported target – being prioritised ahead of them in the transfer market.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if any player was keen on going to Real Madrid,” Burley told ESPN.
“Eden Hazard has touched on that over the last 48 hours discussing his contract situation at Chelsea.
“So it would not surprise me that anybody wanted to go.
“What would surprise me is if he (Sterling) was high up on Real Madrid’s list.
“Real Madrid are going to be looking at people like, first of all, Neymar, who it’s been mooted that they want, then Mbappe.
“There’s been talk about Eden Hazard but he sort of fits into the ‘if there’s a sign that we’re not getting Neymar or Mbappe, we could play our cards with Eden Hazard’.
“Then you’re dropping down again to the Raheem Sterlings, as good a player as he is.
“I like him don’t get me wrong, but I would have all those guys before him and probably a few other guys.”
Hazard ruled out the possibility of him quitting Chelsea for Real in January.
However, he admits his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or are slim unless he heads for the Bernabeu.