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Real Madrid flop will depart in the summer, club staff has no faith in the player – report
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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Real Madrid forward sends clear message over future amidst Barcelona links
Marco Asensio is fighting for his future at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no concrete decision made by the club over his renewal as of yet.
Some reports had suggested that the club had tabled an offer worth €4 million per year, which the Spaniard did not like as he sought a higher pay packet closer to around €6 million-a-year.
With his future a subject of intense speculation, Asensio had been linked with a move away to Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, closer to home, there were strong links to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona. Indeed, the Catalans have been touted as potential suitors for Asensio for quite some time now due to the fact that he is represented by Jorge Mendes.
The superagent has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and reports in Spain have suggested that the Real Madrid winger has, indeed, been offered to the current La Liga leaders.
Amidst these speculations, however, Asensio has seemingly made it clear as to where his heart lies as he awaits a decision on his future.
During last night’s El Clasico against Barcelona, the Real Madrid winger came on as a substitute and went on to score a goal, following which he celebrated at Camp Nou, pointing to the Real Madrid logo on his shirt, showing where his allegiances lie.
The goal, however, was disallowed by the VAR, and Los Blancos ended up losing the game 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Franck Kessie.
Earlier today, Asensio took to Instagram and posted a picture of him celebrating with his finger pointing to the Real Madrid logo, reiterating his commitment to the club amidst the links to Barcelona.
As for his disallowed goal, it sparked an angry reaction from Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned the legitimacy of the decision made by the VAR during his post-match press conference.