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Real Madrid outcast could stay at the club for another year before retiring in 2024
According to AS, Eden Hazard is seriously reconsidering his decision of leaving Real Madrid in June. The Belgian initially wished to probe other opportunities to find a way back into competitive football, but now no longer feels the same drive.
Jorge C Picon further brings forth a reason that could be the motivation behind his changed stance. According to the Spanish journalist, Hazard is contemplating retirement from football at the end of his contract in 2024.
The former Belgian international sees himself to have contributed everything he can to the game and the opportunity to hang his boots at his dream club tempts him.
The winger’s latest decision to stay for another year, however, will bear severe repercussions for Real Madrid.
Hazard is the team’s highest earner at €30 million per season and occupies a big chunk of the wage bill. Thus, his continuity could affect the Merengues’ ability to sign players and will alter the administration’s planning for next season.
The winger’s situation at the club has hit a new low this season under Carlo Ancelotti. The former Chelsea star has played less than 150 minutes in La Liga and 331 minutes overall this season and has spent most of his time on the bench.
Earlier this season, the out-of-favour winger spoke openly about his poor relationship with the manager. Days later, Ancelotti confirmed the same in his press conference and it is safe to say that he does not have a way back into the side.
Los Blancos hope that the player can engineer an exit in June. Considering the interest in his signing from the USA and Saudi Arabia, the possibility is not ruled out.
Yet, given the hardships he has faced in recent years, one would give retirement a higher chance than a fresh start.
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‘Operation Havertz’ collapses as Real Madrid determine Tottenham striker as ‘urgent’ signing
Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA has provided an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Chelsea forward Kai Havertz, claiming that the operation has collapsed completely and the German international will not be joining the Merengues this summer.
Instead, Real Madrid have identified Tottenham Hotspur and England superstar Harry Kane as the top priority and an ‘urgent’ signing for the summer.
With Los Blancos set to bid goodbye to several attackers, they are left with just Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes as senior options in the final third at the moment. So, there will be multiple forwards brought in this summer to make up for the losses.
Havertz was said to be one such player who was well-liked within the club. In fact, reports in Germany stated that the 23-year-old was already on his way to Real Madrid in the summer.
However, that does not appear to be the case as the report from MARCA states that the operation to sign Havertz from Chelsea has already collapsed.
It is claimed that Real Madrid never made any move for the former Bayer Leverkusen ace, while it is also being suggested that he is going through the process of renewing his contract at Stamford Bridge.
While Havertz might no longer be an option on the table, the Merengues are prepared to make a concerted push to sign Kane from Tottenham.
Carlo Ancelotti considers the 29-year-old the ideal replacement for Karim Benzema and wants to sign him up as soon as possible.
However, Real Madrid do not intend to pay over the top for the England striker and will not offer more than €80 million for him. Instead, there may be a possibility that Ferland Mendy could be offered as a makeweight.
Kane’s contract expires next year and with no European football on offer, Tottenham are in a difficult position to keep hold of their ace goalscorer. But negotiations with Daniel Levy are never easy, as Real Madrid learnt in the past in the cases of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
So, it remains to be seen if Los Blancos are successful in completing the ‘urgent’ and ‘necessary’ signing of Kane in the coming weeks.