There was always hope of light at the end of the tunnel when it came to Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. After his initial struggles to break into the starting XI immediately after his arrival, the management and fans waited patiently hoping for him to unleash his best. Alas, it was not to be.
The patience has finally run out, three years after his arrival, and Real Madrid see it as a priority to part ways with the former Chelsea star. According to reports from MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), Los Blancos have opened the door for Hazard to leave in January.
After a disappointing start to the new season, the Belgian international also struggled to make an impact for his national team at the FIFA World Cup and announced his international retirement immediately after the Red Devils’ exit from the tournament.
The 31-year-old started Belgium’s first two group stages and looked lost on the field, prompting the manager to start him on the bench for the third and final game. He did not contribute to any goal, took just one shot in the entire tournament and managed less than 30 touches per game.
Recent reports suggested that the Serie A could be his next destination with Inter Milan being particularly interested. His current contract runs until the summer of 2024, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side are clear that they are ready to sanction an exit for the former Chelsea ace at the earliest.
Hazard has only made three La Liga appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga this season and is yet to score a goal. His only goal of the term came in the team’s 3-0 win over Celtic in the UEFA Champions League.
While a departure in January would favour all parties involved, Hazard has previously insisted that he would not consider leaving in the winter. So, it will be interesting to see if Ancelotti continues to trust the player if he fails to secure an exit.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.