Zidane's Hazard admiration could mean United aim for star Real duo

If Real Madrid think a deal to sign the Chelsea man could happen, Manchester United may try to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.

Zinedine Zidane's public recognition of Chelsea's Eden Hazard may just be one former great player recognising a current star, or it could also be the beginning of a courting by a major Real Madrid figure that could spark a massive transfer chase.

And Manchester United, with their interest in former favourite Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Tottenham legend Gareth Bale, could be the unlikely beneficiaries if Real were to really pursue the Blues' crown jewel.

As reported by Sky Sports, the Real icon and current manager of the club's reserve team poured acclaim upon the Chelsea star, happily putting him in amongst Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to picking the planet's three best footballers.

"They are fantastic players," Zidane said when discussing the two La Liga superstars. "But I like Eden Hazard a lot too. I enjoy everything he does on the pitch.

"I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he's improving every year.

"He can still get better too, and I think he's a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table."

The Frenchman famously played a part in courting Bale while the Welshman was at Spurs, being quoted by the Mail in April 2013 as saying: "The player who has impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League.

"He is playing in "the other cup" (Europa League), and that is (Gareth) Bale."

Much like how he compared Hazard to Messi and Ronaldo, Zidane did the same with the Tottenham man, adding: "He’s perhaps not quite at the level of the other two, but he’s different. So personally I don’t think he’s far off."

With uncertainty continuing to surround Carlos Ancelotti's position with the first team in Madrid, Zidane may well find his influence at the club increasing substantially heading into next season.

If he really does rate Hazard so highly, he could consider asking president Florentino Perez to head to West London in an attempt to make the Belgian the newest Galactico.

That in itself would be an interesting battle, as Roman Abramovich would have to wrestle with the most financially ambitious club in the world for the first time over a Chelsea star player.

But were Real Madrid to somehow manage to sign the former Lille player, there would likely be a desire to both bring in some money by offloading current squad members with big fees, and also to make room for the 24-year-old in the squad.

That could lead to a huge temptation to allow Gareth Bale to leave considering he would likely be able to fund Hazard's arrival himself.

Much of the Wales international's disposability depends on whether Bale can see his stock rise once again with the Real faithful, as well as begin to put in the kinds of performances those at the club feel he should be doing so with ease given his transfer fee.

If he doesn't, and if Bale does somehow become available in even the slightest fashion, expect United to make another move for a player that has slipped through their fingers on more than one occasion.

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