Thibaut Courtois admitted he would love the chance to link up with his ex-Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard at Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants have previously considered a big-money move for either the Belgian playmaker, who has 18 months left on his Stamford Bridge contract, or Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

And Hazard’s compatriot made it clear he would enjoy the chance to work with the mercurial winger once more.

When asked which of Neymar or Hazard he would prefer Real Madrid to sign, Courtois told Het Nieuwsblad: ‘I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.

‘I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.

‘The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.

‘You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.’

Real Madrid have resisted their long-standing ‘Galacticos’ policy of signing big-name stars during recent windows, with their biggest summer signings being teenager Vinicius Jr and the buy-back of Lyon striker Mariano.

January saw the arrival of Manchester City starlet Brahim Diaz for £19million, but many fans are growing impatient for the next headline star to bolster a faltering attack.

The club’s caution in the transfer market comes as Barcelona splashed out £65million for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Despite slipping 10 points behind the La Liga leaders, Courtois is insistent that the club must only focus on their own progression this season and not concern themselves with the big-money signings made by others.

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