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 midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.