The former English Player of the Season was brutal in his assessment of his future.
“If I stay [at Chelsea] then it would be because they are going to improve on last season,” he told the French newspaper.
“I am not going to remain if they are going to be worse,” in a clear demand for the Blues hierarchy to invest in the squad which gave a poor defence of their Premier League title.
The shadow of Real Madrid looms large over the Belgian international and Hazard didn’t mince his words.
“Real Madrid could be interesting for me as everyone knows,” the Belgian said. “They know what they have to do if they want me.”
It is by no means certain that he will depart London with Hazard open to staying, believing the Stamford Bridge club is “a project”. He also acknowledged that it was due to the club’s performance domestically as well as the Champions League.
A key issue and one upon which he was non-committal is Antonio Conte’s future.
“To say that I am going would be too easy,” he observed. “First of all, I want to see what will happen at Chelsea ahead of next season. I want to see if the coach stays or not.”
It’s a clear demand that the leadership at Chelsea step up to the plate and inject energy into the club.