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Real Madrid want to desperately offload out-of-favour forward – report

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Real Madrid is one of the biggest institutions in the world of football and every player in the world aims to be a part of the esteemed club at least once in their career, but it is seldom easy for a player to make the steep climb.

Eden Hazard moved to Madrid on a big money move in 2019, hoping to strike gold but has struggled to transition. Nevertheless, the club continued to count on him hoping he would adapt one day.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos want the Belgian to leave the club at the earliest. He is not in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and the club feel ‘there is no hope left.’

The day Real Madrid gave up on the former Chelsea star always felt just around the corner. Now, it finally seems to have arrived.

Hazard’s contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2024. Over one and a half years remain on his deal, and the club must sell him next summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old has only made three La Liga appearances for the defending champions this season and has failed to make any contribution in terms of goals or assists. He has, however, scored one goal in the UEFA Champions League in the game against Celtic.

The upcoming FIFA World Cup could be the player’s final chance to make an impression on the Galacticos’ management. If he guides the Belgian National Team deep into the tournament, his walk on a tightrope could continue. As it stands, the club are looking for a suitor for the player and his departure is imminent.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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