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Real Madrid believe 31-year-old winger is past his prime, are happy with his ‘efforts’

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Real Madrid are said to be losing patience with Eden Hazard. For a player who arrived for an astronomical €100 million from Chelsea, a return of mere six goals in three seasons is a far cry from what he used to be a few years back.

The Belgium international did promise the fans that they would see the best of him this season, but judging by the looks of things, the version he has promised is already past his prime.

This is exactly what those sitting in the Real Madrid offices are currently pondering. As reported by Jose Felix Diaz, while writing for MARCA, while the Madrid management is valuing his efforts, they are barely expecting anything from the winger.

To put things into perspective, Hazard has never been a problem player. On the contrary, he has always vowed to bring the best version of himself in Madrid colours, but it has become obvious that he is no longer the same player who terrorized the Premier League defenders in his seven years with Chelsea.

It’s not only the management, but even the manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has accepted the fact. This is exactly why Hazard failed to get any minutes in the Super League triumph. Furthermore, he has only clocked a mere 39 minutes in his two substitute appearances in La Liga this season.

In all fairness, maybe it is time to face the harsh reality because Hazard is already way down the pecking order. He knows this for the fact that Vinicius Jr is simply irreplaceable and once Rodrygo gets on, there will be absolutely no place for him in the team.

The position the Belgian finds himself in is extremely tricky. He has already made it clear that he is not willing to listen to any offers, but in reality, there are no offers in the first place.

Hence, the association will go on as usual, at least for the ongoing season.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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