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Real Madrid tried to offload misfit forward, but ‘no club wants him’ – report

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After Real Madrid won the 2022 Champions League final, Eden Hazard famously proclaimed, “next year will be mine for sure.”

Football fans across the world reckoned the once-majestic winger would return to his brilliant best in the 2022/2023 season, leaving behind his injury-ridden past at Los Blancos.

However, things have failed to pan out as expected for the Belgian international, as he has played a mere 98 La Liga minutes so far this campaign.

Alongside Marco Asensio at the bottom of the pecking order of wide players at Real Madrid, whilst failing to impress as a false nine as the injured Karim Benzema’s deputy, a redemption season has seemed nothing short of a pipe dream.

As a result, it has been revealed by journalist Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra) that Los Merengues have tried to find Eden Hazard a new club on several occasions, but no side wishes to complete his signature.

Additionally, there have been zero offers from any teams to buy the peripheral superstar.

At 31 years of age, whilst having an extremely unreliable fitness record and being on handsome wages at arguably the biggest club in the world, multiple sides seemingly simply do not see the benefit of signing Hazard, as his career has experienced a sharp performance decline over the years.

For Carlo Ancelotti as well, it has been next to impossible to get the best out of the former Chelsea legend, who has experienced major injury problems for years on end, coupled with the excellent performances of other wide players such as Vinicius Jr., Fede Valverde, and Rodrygo.

Perhaps the best solution for Eden Hazard would be to accept a massive pay cut in a bid to leave Real Madrid as soon as in January.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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