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Real Madrid flop has not played for almost two months, will leave in the summer



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According to reports from SPORT, everything indicates that Eden Hazard will leave Real Madrid in the summer. The Belgian has not played for close to two months and it is clear that manager Carlo Ancelotti does not even remotely include him in his plans.

The former Chelsea man was expected to take his career to the next level when he signed for the Merengues from Chelsea. At the time, Hazard was seen as one of the best players in the world and came to the Santiago Bernabeu as a marquee signing.

His downfall from that point to a state where he is not even a legitimate presence on the bench has been difficult to watch. All that misery could end in June if the player indeed leaves Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old has only made three appearances for the Merengues in La Liga this season and has a cumulative 102 minutes under his belt. His only goal of the season came in Real Madrid’s win over Celtic in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Hazard’s contract with Los Blancos runs until the summer of 2024. While the winger can stay at the Spanish capital for another season, both parties feel it is better to move on and for the player to re-evaluate his future.

The Chelsea legend announced his retirement from international football after the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar after spending the bulk of his team’s campaign on the bench.

Whether a retirement from club football is something that Hazard considers remains to be seen. There have been links to clubs in the MLS and Saudi Arabia, so a stint away from Europe would also be a possibility for the Real Madrid flop.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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