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Hazard talks about Zidane, Mbappe preferred target per reports, and US tour with Real announced

Real Madrid CF v RC Celta de Vigo - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Hazard speaks on impact of Zidane on his career

Eden Hazard, a constant rumored Real Madrid transfer these days, was asked recently by Belgian-French outlet RTBF in an interview about who he preferred between Zidane and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

“As a player there’s no comparison, I have so much respect for Zidane, he’s my idol. It’s thanks to him I started playing.”

“But, for the victories we’ve achieved with Martinez, I’d go with Martinez.”

There’s been so much hinting, or at least what’s been perceived as hinting, since last summer regarding Hazard finally making his move to Madrid. This is just another interview that will fuel the transfer rumors fire surrounding him.

If Zidane is his idol, then it’s almost certain Hazard would love to play under him at some point in his career.

Again, like all of the transfer rumors, we won’t know what will happen until the summer. But, seeds are continuously being planted in rumors regarding the Belgian star.

Mbappe the preferred transfer target for Real—AS reports

According to AS, Real Madrid have made Kylian Mbappe their priority this summer should he and PSG decide to move on from each other.

AS tend to be more unreliable with transfer rumors than correct, usually regarded around a Tier 4 spot for reliability. Obviously, Mbappe is wanted in Madrid and it’s no stretch to say he is the favorite for many fans, including myself; We talked about the fan poll that picked Mbappe a couple days ago.

The problem comes down to PSG’s willingness to sell Mbappe and if he really is ready to leave Paris. He says he is committed to the club, after their Champions League exit, but words don’t tend to be binding agreements in football.

He would also cost a hefty price, though Real may be willing to match if they are truly hauling out the war chest this summer for Zidane. It’s a perfect match otherwise, but there’s still a bit of pipe dream that he joins in the next window.

Real Madrid part of summer US tour once again

Real will once again be a part of the International Champions Cup, the US tour that includes many other big-name European clubs, accompanied by the first Liga MX club and only non-European club Chivas.

The schedule and locations for the summer tourney will be announced on March 27, according to the tournament’s official Twitter, so stay tuned for that next week.

Real played three matches in the tournament last summer including: Manchester United (Miami, FL), Juventus (Landover, MD), and Roma (East Rutherford, NJ). Of course 2017’s tournament also saw the first El Clasico played outside of Spain in Miami.

This type of friendly tournament makes much more sense than the proposed LaLiga matches in the US during the Spanish season.

This is always a good opportunity for American fans to see the club, provided they play in a city close enough to travel. Hopefully, there will be some entertaining matchups with Real Madrid announced in some good locations as well.