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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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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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