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Real Madrid outcast uninterested in joining Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr



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Eden Hazard has been the focal point of the transfer market lately, particularly in Saudi Arabia, with the forward being linked with a move to Al Nassr.

Having fallen out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu, the Belgian is expected to depart in the coming summer, especially with his contract expiring in 2024.

However, according to a recent report from The Athletic, Hazard’s future might not lie in Saudi Arabia. It appears Al Nassr do not have any plans to sign the former Chelsea superstar, which refutes earlier speculations linking him to a move to the Saudi giants.

Furthermore, it is also claimed that Hazard himself as no desire to join the Middle East outfit at this point.

The report goes on to suggest that Al Nassr currently have no plans to build a ‘super-team’. This comes in the midst of claims that the club are looking to attract more stars from Europe after securing the services of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this year.

The likes of Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos have been targeted as part of their reported plans to make Al Nassr one of the biggest clubs in Asian football and to promote Saudi Arabian football in general.

Hazard, to that end, could have been an excellent addition to the league. But as per the report, the Belgian himself has no desire to move to Saudi just yet. It appears the forward has not made a decision just yet.

However, one would expect Real Madrid to force the former Chelsea star into making a decision in the near future.

The player, after all, has faced major difficulties establishing himself as a first-team regular and with his contract expiring in 2024, the coming summer will represent Real Madrid’s only chance at offloading the player and receiving a transfer fee in exchange.

A lot will depend on the coming months as Real Madrid look to build the foundation of a future attack, which in turn, could involve the departure of existing stars.

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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report



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While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.

Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration. 

Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.

Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.

First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.

During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.

On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.

The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”

Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”

“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.

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