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Courtois claims a Belgium vs Spain matchup will bring back Hazard’s ‘best version’

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“Madrid fans, I’m sorry. It’s not easy, I don’t play, I want to play more. I’m really sorry for what happened.”

Eden Hazard’s words from today’s Belgium press conference echo loud in the heart of all Real Madrid fans.

After signing from Chelsea for more than €120 million, he was expected to take over the mantle left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo on the left-wing. However, his time in the Spanish capital has been such that he is not even the starter in that position anymore.

What started with injuries is evidently much more than that at this point, and everything points towards his time with Los Blancos ending very soon.

Despite all these problems, Hazard is set to lead the charge for Belgium during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Still team captain, Azza will be looking to replicate his form during the 2018 World Cup, where he was in contention for the Golden Ball award.

Ahead of the tournament, Thibaut Courtois commented on Hazard, dropping a sly dig towards Spanish media and newspapers.

“If we play against Spain you’ll see Eden Hazard’s best version,” the Belgian goalkeeper said, as quoted by El Chiringuito TV.

The Spanish media, ruthless as it is, has been extremely harsh on Hazard and one can speculate with confidence that Courtois’ comment is directed at them.

Spain and Belgium could easily go head-to-head in this World Cup, with the winners of Group E set to take on the runners-up of Group F, and vice-versa.

Further, both teams are drawn up in relatively tough groups, with Luis Enrique’s side facing Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica, while Hazard’s Red Devils will lock horns against Croatia, Canada, and Morocco.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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