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Real Madrid set to save around €7 million with forward’s departure – Romano



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Real Madrid made the bold decision to terminate the contract of Eden Hazard yesterday. The decision came on the back of a frustrating spell at the Bernabeu for the Belgian winger, who struggled to make an impact since joining from Chelsea in 2019.

Hazard’s spell at the club has been marred by injuries while the player has also struggled to impress when given the opportunity. As a result, he has fallen behind the likes of Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio in the pecking order.

But as the highest-paid player in the squad, Hazard was of no use to Real Madrid, who promptly decided to terminate his contract rather than retain him as part of the squad until the end of his contract in 2024.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid have saved a figure of around €7 million by terminating the contract of Hazard. This may as a surprise to many, as it was common knowledge that Los Blancos would have had to spend a fortune to do so.

But as per Romano, it appears Hazard has given up a part of his salary that was due, which allowed Real Madrid to make some savings from the contract termination.

With Hazard out, the Spanish giants can now have some leeway in their salary mass to incorporate newer players in the upcoming summer transfer window. This could particularly help the club’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham.

Not to mention, Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new attacker, as Karim Benzema considers an exit from the Bernabeu this season. The Frenchman has received a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, though Real Madrid are not willing to give up on him just yet.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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