Aston Villa and Newcastle ‘are on red alert’ as Real Madrid lose patience with Eden Hazard… with both player and club ‘deciding the £89m Belgian winger’s time in the Spanish capital is OVER’
- Eden Hazard has struggled at Real Madrid since leaving Chelsea in summer 2019
- He has failed to put together a strong run of form with injuries hindering his time
- Reports in Spain suggest both parties have decided his time is up at the club
Eden Hazard’s time at Real Madrid looks to be coming to an end after both parties agreed that the conclusion to a sorry three years was nigh, according to reports in Spain.
The Belgian joined Real Madrid in 2019 for £89m having just helped Chelsea to their second Europa League crown.
It was expected that Hazard would become a fixture in the Real Madrid side after a number of great seasons with Chelsea, with whom he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and two Europa Leagues.
Real Madrid and Eden Hazard have reportedly come to the conclusion that his time is up
However, his time in the Spanish capital has been blighted by injuries, question marks over his professionalism related to his fitness and various incidents that have not endeared him to the Los Blancos faithful.
According to El Nacional, a Catalan-focused online newspaper, Real Madrid no longer have faith that Hazard is going to become the player they spent such a significant sum on.
Indeed, the report claims that Hazard has already told Thibaut Courtois, his compatriot and friend from their days at Chelsea together, that he will be departing this winter.
The Belgian has struggled since his £89m move from Chelsea with the club having lost patience with him
It is believed that Aston Villa and Newcastle at present represent Hazard’s most likely escape routes. Villa have ambitions of establishing themselves as a force under new manager Unai Emery while Newcastle have the financial might few clubs can match.
It has been suggested that any deal would include an obligation to buy clause – he is likely to cost around £17m.
After the Champions League win in May in Paris, a victory over Liverpool that Hazard did not play a single minute of, the Belgian told the press that next season would be his year and that he would begin to repay the faith shown in him by the club.
‘Madridistas, I’ve been here for three years with many injuries, with many things. But next year I’m going to give it all for you,’ Hazard told the parade in Madrid the day after the club’s 14th success in the competition.
Hazard has reportedly told his long-time friend and confidant within the squad, Thibaut Courtois, that he will be leaving this winter
Hazard returned to training in peak condition amid reports of Carlo Ancelotti still wanting to get the best out of him, believing that there was still a world class player in there.
Ancelotti himself said in the summer that Real Madrid’s business was done by July 15 – unusually for the club having not signed a high-profile forward after being turned down by Mbappe.
This summer represented something of a change in Hazard’s attitude, it has been claimed, with the player returning in peak physical condition. It is therefore unclear why he hasn’t been able to build upon that.
All of which pointed to Hazard enjoying his finest season in the famous white strip, but it has not worked out that way, despite Real Madrid fans themselves declaring Hazard ‘back’ after arguably his finest performance in a 4-1 win over Celtic at Parkhead this September.
Real Madrid have moved on from Hazard – most damning perhaps because he is still there
After Karim Benzema was injured earlier this season, Ancelotti’s wish to use Hazard as a false nine almost bore fruit but he struggled and the Italian was forced away from such a move.
The Belgian has only played a total of 229 minutes all season, with 98 of those coming in just three appearances in La Liga.
Last season only saw him play a total of 903 minutes, with the year before that only seeing Hazard deployed for a total of 896 minutes. His smirking at the end of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge infuriated supporters of the Spanish club.
With Real Madrid not shorn of options and Hazard low down the pecking order, any opportunity to re-establish himself at the club could stem from the World Cup which might also act as a trial for any potential suitors in January.
Carlo Ancelotti had reportedly wanted to make Hazard a key player under him this season