It's looking increasingly likely that it'll be either Eden Hazard or Kylian Mbappe to fill Cristiano Ronaldo's boots at the Bernabeu and while it was a game that no-one wanted to play in, Hazard again pressed his claims with another impressive display, this time in the third place play-off.
The 27-year old rounded off the Red Devils' campaign in Russian Federation with the second goal as Roberto Martinez's side beat England 2-0 on Saturday to claim third place.
Eden Hazard has become Chelsea's knight in shining armour in recent years - but these quotes from the star following his clash against England in the World Cup has thrown his future at the club in serious doubt.
Courtois, who only has one year left on his contract with Chelsea, echoed his statements from last month, when he said: "My children are the most important thing for me and I have had one-and-a-half years' less contact with them".
"But maybe [staying] is possible, because I like it in London". For my career, certainly after this World Cup, I'm at a moment where I might change. "But I can not talk about that".
Hazard did not repeat his desire to join Madrid but alluded to his past declarations.
"You know my preferred destination", Hazard said.
The London club has just announced its new coach, Maurizio Sarri, and a new signing, Jorginho, was initially reluctant to sell the Belgian keeper and repeatedly offered him an improved contract to stay.
Hazard has won the Premier League title twice with Chelsea, in 2014-15 and 2016-17, since joining from Lille six seasons ago.