Eden Hazard 'to discuss his Real Madrid future in February'
Eden Hazard ‘to discuss his Real Madrid future in February despite the club wanting him to leave THIS MONTH’ – as the out-of-favour Belgian star does not want to depart in the middle of the season
- The Belgian joined the Spanish giants for £100m from Chelsea in summer 2019
- His time in Spain has been marred by fitness and injury issues and has struggled
- Eden Hazard has played the 20th most minutes in the club’s squad this season
- Comes despite his promises at last season’s parade that he would improve
Eden Hazard is to discuss his Real Madrid future in February, it has been reported, despite the club reportedly wanting to part ways this January.
The Belgian, 32, was signed by the Spanish giants in 2019 from Chelsea for £100m off the back of 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 in which it now appears likely he will not see out the five-year deal agreed when he joined.
Eden Hazard has endured a difficult three-and-a-half years with Real Madrid marred by injuries
According to The Athletic, with Hazard one of the club’s top earners – he reportedly can earn up to £13m after tax in a season – Real Madrid are keen to part ways, with the club clearly now convinced that the move will not come good.
But it appears unlikely such a move will happen this month, with it reported that Hazard is set to meet with two agents next month to thrash out plans for his immediate future, concerning the forthcoming summer.
Hazard was made the club’s most expensive ever signing when he joined from Chelsea and, post-Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure the summer prior, he was meant to hail in a new era of success for the club.
The Belgian arrived as the club’s most expensive ever signing but has failed to live up to that billing spectacularly
The Belgian, having been an unused substitute in last season’s Champions League final triumph over Liverpool in Paris, promised the Real Madrid supporters that they would finally see the version of him that captivated Premier League audiences for so long.
‘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,’ he said then.
The club, who have previously been said to open to selling the the former Chelsea man, kept him on last summer but he has failed to deliver this season.
Despite a promising start, which included a strong performance against Celtic in the Champions League – to date his only goals and assists of the season – Hazard’s season has tailed off and he now finds himself way down manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order.
He has spent much of his time when fit waiting for opportunities later on in games with Vinicius Jr. the club’s undoubted first choice on the left
He has played the 20th most minutes in the Real Madrid squad so far this season with only 298 across all competitions. Only the likes of Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola have played fewer.
Casemiro, who departed for Manchester United in August, has only played 200 fewer minutes. Meanwhile, in a sign of perhaps how hard it has been for Hazard to break in, the club’s most prevalent player so far this season has been Vinicius Jr.
Despite their willingness to sell or loan him out this month, it is reported that the club are aware there is little chance of them doing such.
The report states that neither Chelsea nor Newcastle United – touted as potential escape 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 after Belgium’s below par World Cup campaign in which they were eliminated at the group stage amid reports of infighting in the camp.
The Belgian has fallen way down manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order this season
Eden Hazard (left) said in May that he would give his ‘all’ to ensure Real Madrid saw the best of him this season
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