Eden Hazard is expected to discuss his Real Madrid future in February, despite the club reportedly wanting to part ways in January..
The 32-year-old Belgian was signed by the Spanish giants in 2019 for £100 million after a sensational few years in which Hazard was consistently among the Premier League’s top performers.
However, fitness issues, injuries, and difficulties breaking into the team at times have contributed to a miserable three-and-a-half years, and it now appears likely that he will not complete the five-year contract agreed upon when he joined..
According to The Athletic, with Hazard as one of the club’s top earners – he reportedly can earn up to £13 million after tax in a season – Real Madrid are eager to part ways, with the club clearly now convinced that the move will not work.
However, it appears unlikely that Hazard will make such a move this month, as it has been reported that Hazard will meet with two agents next month to discuss his immediate future, specifically the upcoming summer.
Hazard became the club’s most expensive signing when he joined from Chelsea, and he was expected to usher in a new era of success for the club following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure the previous summer..
After being an unused substitute in last season’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool in Paris, the Belgian promised Real Madrid fans that they would finally see the version of him that had captivated Premier League audiences for so long.
Madridistas, I’ve been here for three years with numerous injuries and problems. But next year, I’m going to give it everything for you,’ he said..
The club, who were rumored to be interested in selling the former Chelsea man, kept him on last summer, but he has failed to deliver this season..
Hazard’s season has tailed off after a promising start that included a strong performance against Celtic in the Champions League – to date his only goals and assists of the season – and he now finds himself way down manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order.
With only 298 minutes played across all competitions, he has played the 20th most minutes in the Real Madrid squad this season. Only Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola have played fewer games.
Casemiro, who joined Manchester United in August, has only played 200 minutes less. Meanwhile, Vinicius Jr. has been the club’s most prominent player this season, possibly indicating how difficult it has been for Hazard to break in..
Despite their willingness to sell or loan him out this month, the club is aware that the chances of them doing so are slim.
According to the report, neither Chelsea nor Newcastle United, who have been mentioned as potential exit routes for the 2014-15 PFA Players’ Player of the Year, have made offers to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Hazard resigned from international football last month following Belgium’s underwhelming World Cup campaign, which saw them eliminated at the group stage amid reports of infighting in the camp..
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