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Real Madrid flop will depart in the summer, club staff has no faith in the player – report

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A recent report from Sergio Gomez has offered detailed insights on Eden Hazard’s status at Real Madrid.

The Belgian international has endured a difficult spell at Santiago Bernabeu, having struggled with both form and fitness. Real Madrid have played 17,020 minutes of official football since the forward joined the club, but he has played only 3,573 of them.

This is just a bit more than 20% participation in games for a player who cost Real Madrid a figure of around €115 million.

Hazard has indeed faced criticism for his form and poor performances at Bernabeu, while his time at the club have been plagued by never-ending injury problems. The report indicates that these fitness issues have served to sap him of his confidence, stopping the Belgian from making an impact.

Hazard’s status in the team has dwindled under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian manager has continued to rely on the services of players such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio. As such, Hazard has only featured in 98 minutes of league football this term.

Recent reports suggest that Hazard is determined to right the wrongs at Real Madrid after announcing his retirement from international football. But he is yet to shine still.

As per Sergio Gomez, the Real Madrid camp remains favourable to Hazard because of his character and the hard work he puts into training. But no one at Valdebebas has any faith that the Belgian will be able to turn his fortunes around and finally make a mark at the Bernabeu.

With that in mind, Hazard looks set to leave Real Madrid in the summer of 2023, keeping in mind that his contract at the club expires in 2024. A sale at the end of the season, therefore, will give the Whites the opportunity to recoup some of the investment they had made in 2019.

However, given the winger’s struggles in La Liga, it remains to be seen if the player manages to attract top European clubs in the upcoming summer transfer window.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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