Eden Hazard set to end difficult Real Madrid spell with summer transfer

Eden Hazard may bring his nightmare stint at Real Madrid to a close this summer with a transfer away from the Bernabeu.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Belgian’s representatives and Los Blancos will discuss his future in Spain soon. Currently, Hazard has a contract that runs until the end of next season.

Real may, therefore, want to recoup at least some of the £90 million fee that they paid Chelsea for Eden Hazard before letting him leave on a free transfer.

Also, per CaughtOffside, Hazard would prefer to move to a team where he plays regularly. The winger would like to be a focal point in his next club, rather than on the fringes like in Madrid.

Generally, the impression from the La Liga giants is that the Belgian will leave in the next window. Although there is still a small chance he stays with Los Blancos: One potential element that could make Hazard stay is if Real Madrid change their manager.  

But that seems unlikely, despite some claims that Ancelotti could leave if he does not win a major trophy.

Hazard’s potential exit would be an underwhelming end to an unfortunate period in his career.  

Eden Hazard: his Real Madrid career as transfer talks signal exit

When he joined the Spanish giants in a 2019 transfer, Eden Hazard was among the world’s best players. The former Chelsea star had a lot of pressure on his shoulders as a result. Unfortunately, as soon as he arrived in Madrid, injury issues seemed to plague the Belgian.

Per Transfermarkt, Hazard missed 24 matches of his debut season in Madrid due to fitness problems. He then followed this up by being absent for a staggering 33 games in 2020/21.

Despite his best efforts, Hazard just could not shake the injuries, seemingly always unavailable for Madrid. At time of writing, the 32-year-old has made 73 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring seven times.

As he struggled for fitness, the emergence of the likes of Vinicius Jr also brought further despair. The Brazilian youngster quickly became one of the most electric attackers in the world. Because of this, Hazard slipped down the pecking order in Madrid, too.

For instance, in 2022/23, Hazard has managed to play in just seven games, completing less than 300 minutes. His only goal came during a 3-0 Champions League win over Celtic.

Speaking of the Champions League, it has not been all doom and gloom for Eden Hazard. He has picked up a UCL winners’ medal, two La Liga titles, and a Club World Cup.

Overall, though, it has definitely been a disappointing experience as a Galactico. So, where could Hazard move to next?

Which clubs are after the former Chelsea star?

As it stands, there are no clear suitors vying for the forward’s services. This is likely because his actual availability status is still unclear.

However, Goal reports that multiple MLS sides could look to sign the Real star. Hazard has previously said that a move to the US would appeal to him – so, a transfer there could be on the cards.

Meanwhile, reported interest from Premier League sides, such as Newcastle, in January has not yet restarted.

Although his future is in doubt, it seems increasingly certain that Eden Hazard will not be in a Real Madrid kit next season.  

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