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Real Madrid outcast could stay at the club for another year before retiring in 2024

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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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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

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Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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