It has been a difficult road for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. Dubbed the next Galactico when he arrived from Chelsea in a deal worth €115 million in 2019, the Belgian has struggled to live up to the billing.
Relentless injury problems, fitness issues, and a lack of confidence have dominated his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu thus far, relegating him to a mere squad player role.
The winger has found himself behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde in the pecking order this season and has just played a measly seven matches across all competitions.
Given his lack of effectiveness and impact, The Athletic claims that Real Madrid have tried to offload him in each of the last four transfer windows from the summer of 2021 to the ongoing winter window of 2023.
However, they understand that a sale or even a loan exit this month is unlikely as the player is reluctant to leave mid-season. But an exit could be on the cards come the end of the season, with the Belgian himself admitting as much in an interview in the recent past.
Now, the aforementioned report from The Athletic is claiming that Hazard will sit down and discuss his future with his two agents, who will be visiting him in Madrid next month.
There have been speculations about a return to Chelsea and a switch to Newcastle United in the past, but the report clarifies that there is no truth to any of those claims and none of it came from the player or his representatives.
Hazard is on a massive contract at Real Madrid, pocketing around €15 million net per season, including image rights and bonuses. But, given how less he has played in recent times and his low impact, Los Blancos remain keen on moving him on.
Hence, the player will discuss his future with his agents next month to take note of his options for the future. There have been rumours that Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr, who recently signed Cristiano Ronaldo, want to bring in Hazard as well.
A move to the MLS, following in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, could also be an option for the former Chelsea wing-wizard.
All in all, a clear decision on his future could emerge once Hazard meets his agents and chalks out his next steps in February.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.