Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid has been nothing short of disastrous. The Belgian international was one of the best in his position at the time of his move but failed to have any impact on his new club.
His involvement in the team has been minimal over the past few seasons. However, it is said that Hazard has returned to training in better physical condition this season, and Ancelotti is looking to capitalise on his services.
According to reports from El Chiringuito, Ancelotti trusts Hazard to recover his best form. Further, he has decided that the former Chelsea player will be Karim Benzema’s substitute for the upcoming season.
The world got to see this plan in action in Real Madrid’s first preseason game over Barcelona. With their French striker unavailable, Hazard started as the centre-forward on the night.
The Belgian did not have a great outing in the Vegas Clasico as he was constantly shut down by the Blaugrana defence.
Nevertheless, Los Blancos are also in the market to sign a new young striker. If Hazard fails to grab his opportunity, Real Madrid will unquestionably be in the market looking for a new striker.
Clearly, the 31-year-old is unhappy with his situation in Madrid. He made a promise to Los Blancos faithful at the end of last season, vowing to return to his best form.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.