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Real Madrid flop has not played for almost two months, will leave in the summer
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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Real Madrid defender set to return from injury by appearing for his national team
In a positive update, Real Madrid defender David Alaba is set to return from his injury by making an appearance for the Austrian national team against Estonia later tonight, confirms Sergio Quirante.
Alaba has been out of action for over a month now, after picking up an injury during Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie against Liverpool at Anfield.
The Austrian international had been making progress in training at the club but was not ready in time for the Clasico against Barcelona on March 19.
Despite the injury, Alaba travelled to join the Austrian national team during the current international break.
And, according to the report from Sergio Quirante, the Real Madrid ace has good feelings after training with his national team. Having had several sessions under his belt now, the versatile defender is all set to make his return later tonight.
Austria will face off against Estonia in their second UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers Group F encounter later tonight and Alaba is in line to get some minutes against the minnows.
What remains to be seen is whether manager Ralf Rangnick opts to start the former Bayern Munich superstar on the night or introduces him as a substitute in the latter stages of the game.
Alaba’s imminent return will be good news for Real Madrid, who have a series of important matches coming up after the international break as they look to salvage their season.
Following the loss to Barcelona earlier this month, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are now 12 points off the top of the table in La Liga and are pretty much out of the equation to retain the title. They are also training the Catalans 1-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-finals while Chelsea await in the Champions League quarter-finals.