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€130 million Real Madrid star set to play his first El Clasico three years after signing

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Playing in El Clasico is one of the biggest dreams of any player who signs for Barcelona or Real Madrid. Despite losing its glamour in recent years, the clash between the two Spanish giants continues to be one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

According to reports from MARCA, Eden Hazard is set to play his first Clasico on Saturday. The Belgian international could even start on the night given that Karim Benzema is not a match fit yet.

Hazard suffered a muscle overload scare in training yesterday, buts tests have revealed that it is nothing serious. His setback will not stop him from participating against Xavi’s side in Las Vegas.

It has been more than three years since Hazard signed for Real Madrid from Chelsea. After his arrival, he was injured for the first four Clasicos. He did not participate in the two games last season either as Ancelotti decided against using the Belgian.

Last season, he played only 18 games for Los Blancos and recorded just one assist in that duration.

This time around, Hazard has come back to training more determined than ever. He promised fans to recover his best form this season and seems to be serious about his words.

“Real Madrid fans, I’ve been here for three years with so many injuries, with so many things. But next year I’m going to give my all for you,” he said.

Ancelotti has tried using the forward as a false nine in recent training sessions but it remains to be seen if the Belgian starts in that role against Barcelona.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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