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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.