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Real Madrid misfit on the radars of two Premier League clubs, Juventus also keen

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In a candid interview recently, Real Madrid misfit Eden Hazard admitted that things have not gone according to plans for him at the club and he would be willing to leave if the Merengues wanted him out.

Following his honest admission, Hazard seems to be attracting suitors for a possible summer transfer. Indeed, according to SPORT, two Premier League clubs in the form of Aston Villa and Newcastle United are interested in the Belgian while Serie A bigwigs Juventus are also keen.

Hazard arrived at Real Madrid more than three years ago, signing from Premier League giants Chelsea in a deal worth over €100 million. However, the 31-year-old has failed to hit the heights expected of him, struggling with never-ending injury and fitness woes.

Hazard has looked like a pale shadow of his past and has found game-time incredibly hard to come under manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian had insisted that he would count on the winger regularly, especially with Karim Benzema battling injury woes but that has not been the case.

Given that his prospects at the Santiago Bernabeu look extremely bleak, an exit could be on the cards in the summer, especially as Real Madrid will be intent on getting rid of his €30 million gross yearly salary.

And Aston Villa and Newcastle United have emerged as potential summer destinations for the former Chelsea ace.

Newcastle had been credited with an interest in Hazard ever since the club saw an ownership change and are once again being mentioned as a possible suitor for the Belgium captain. Another team in the reckoning for Hazard’s capture, as per the report, is Juventus.

Hazard’s contract with Real Madrid runs until 2024 and if given the chance he would prefer to stay and fight to prove himself. But if the club wants him to leave, the Belgian would accept his fate, although an exit in January is off the table.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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