Eden Hazard

Just when the world felt Eden Hazard’s departure from Real Madrid is a matter of “when,” the Belgian has reportedly said he is staying in the Spanish capital.

Following a mega-million move to Real Madrid in 2019, it is an understatement to say Hazard has struggled in Spain. The 30-year-old has thus been endlessly linked with an exciting return to the English Premier League.

However, a leading Spanish outlet, as reported by the Metro, has claimed Hazard is determined to remain at Los Blancos to fight for a regular place.

“The Real Madrid player is determined to fight for his place under Carlo Ancelotti and will not be on the move in January,” the report said.

“Recent reports indicated both Chelsea and Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Hazard when the transfer window opens, with Madrid prepared to cash in on the attacker for a fraction of the fee they signed him for back in 2019.

“Marca suggest Hazard has no intention of departing the Bernabeu and is willing to be patient for his opportunities in the second half of the campaign.

“It’s claimed the out-of-favour Belgium international is aware he’s failed to live up to expectations and is more determined than even to repay the faith shown in him by the club.

“Madrid would also prefer to keep hold of Hazard until the end of the season and then negotiate a potential departure next summer if his performances fail to improve.

“The former Chelsea and Lille star, who is valued at around £43m, is tied into a contract with Madrid until June 2024,” the report concluded.

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