Well those rumours have become even stronger this morning as Diario GOL (Spanish) report that Hzard received a secret phone call from Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and club President, Florentino Perez.
Perez also said "everyone knew that I wanted to sign him", referring to the Brazil global that swapped Barcelona for Paris St-Germain in the summer, in a move believed to be driven by his desire to win the Ballon d'Or.
Speaking on "El Larguero" radio show from Paris, where he had accompanied current Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as he collected a fifth Ballon d'Or, Perez said that it was easier to win such awards when playing for the most prestigious clubs.
Sonda claimed that former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell paid Neymar Snr. handsomely to persuade the then 20-year-old to move to Nou Camp over Santiago Bernabeu - even though Neymar himself had his heart set on join Real instead.
The Brazil global only moved to the Ligue 1 giants in the summer for a €222m [£193m, $260m] world record transfer fee.
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He said: "Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d'Or".
This has got a lot to do with Madrid's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo not firing like his usual best. "I want seven children (he has four) and seven Ballons d'Or".
Perez says the La Liga giants will let Mbappe develop in France, while they recruit Neymar first before going back for the French forward. "We already have the best players".
Perez has now spoken about Neymar and also Mbappe, whom Madrid were interested in last summer before backing off due to his wage demands, per Goal's Ben Hayward. Bring Neymar while Mbappé develops?
Real Madrid have reportedly come to an agreement with Neymar over a move at the end of next season.