Real Madrid have made up their mind on the future of under-fire winger Eden Hazard amid speculations about Chelsea’s interest in the player.
Real Madrid dished out €100million to take Hazard away from Chelsea in summer 2019, tying him down to a contract until 2024 worth a staggering €26m per season.
The 30-year-old arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu carrying a reputation of one of Europe’s finest forwards, having established himself as a headline Premier League performer at Chelsea beforehand.
However, the Belgium international’s career has suffered an epic downfall in Spain. Continuously tormented by injuries, the ex-Lille starlet has barely featured for Madrid over the past two seasons.
Hazard has recorded just three goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season. His underwhelming display in Madrid’s 2-0 second-leg defeat to Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final tie seems to be the final straw.
Hazard’s nightmare in the Spanish capital has seen his price tag register a whopping markdown, with the reigning La Liga champions ready to sanction his departure for half of what they paid Chelsea two years ago.
Curiously, the Premier League giants are the first side to express appreciation for the underperforming forward. Stamford Bridge hierarchy keeps Hazard in high esteem despite his Madrid wobble as they have fond memories of the Belgian’s seven-year stint in London.
During his trophy-laden career in England, the experienced winger won six major titles, including a couple of Premier League crowns and two Europa League trophies.
Hazard clocked up an eye-watering 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 competitive matches for Chelsea, which ultimately earned him a big-money move to Spain.