Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, was speaking at a media conference on national team duty with Belgium.
It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d’Or – as the world’s best player – he would have to play in Spain.
‘That’s why I want to go, maybe,’ said Hazard, who was smiling. Asked if that move might happen in January, he said: ‘No.’
Hazard has been in sparkling form this season and was asked about persistent rumours of a switch to Real after last Sunday’s win at Southampton.
The forward, whose Chelsea contract runs until June 2020, said: ‘Real Madrid is the best club in the world. It is my dream since I was a kid.
‘Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.’
The Belgium playmaker is not short of confidence at present and asked on Thursday whether he was the world’s best player on form, his answer was unequivocal.
‘Yes,’ he said. ‘The team is helping me a lot also. I can improve for sure. We can always improve in football. We can score more goals, more assists.’