Eden Hazard’s struggles at Real Madrid have been well documented. Since joining from Chelsea, the Belgian has failed to live up to his price tag, often suffering from injuries or lacking the desired performances.
In 65 competitive outings, Hazard has scored only six goals while mustering a total of just ten assists. His underwhelming numbers have led to frustration from not only the fans but also the board members.
In a recent report from Fichajes, it has been revealed that Real Madrid are actively working on offloading Eden Hazard in the coming summer. The club have lost patience with the Belgian, and are willing to make certain sacrifices in an attempt to get rid of him after the end of the season.
Even in the ongoing campaign, Hazard has fallen behind the likes of Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio and even Rodrygo in the pecking order, mustering just seven starts in the league so far.
Real Madrid are aware that Hazard might not attract potential buyers due to his underwhelming performances. His hefty wage demands do not help his cause either.
It has compelled Real Madrid to consider assuming a fair chunk of his wages in an attempt to offload the Belgian. Los Blancos had made a similar move when sending Gareth Bale out on loan Tottenham in 2020, paying half of the Welshman’s salary.
Whether or not they can find the same luck with Eden Hazard next summer remains to be seen.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo