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Real Madrid winger ‘very interested’ in MLS switch in the summer – report

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Eden Hazard has endured a torrid spell at Real Madrid since joining in 2019 and could look to put an end to his time at the Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.

Arriving from Chelsea in a mega-money deal, the 31-year-old Belgian superstar has struggled to live up to the expectations, with injuries and poor fitness levels hampering him throughout his time at the Spanish capital club.

And according to L’Equipe (h/t Daily Mail), Hazard could decide to leave Real Madrid in the summer, with the winger ‘very interested’ in a possible switch to the MLS.

The 31-year-old recently announced his retirement from international football after Belgium crashed out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at the group stages.

Now set to return to Real Madrid, Hazard is reportedly not entirely happy with his situation, and understandably so, considering that he has played just three league matches for his team this season.

In a recent interview, Hazard admitted that he would leave Real Madrid if the club wanted him gone and is now said to be considering the possibility of a switch to the MLS.

While he is intrigued by the prospects of a move to the USA, Hazard will not look to leave Real Madrid in January as he does not wish to upend his family. Instead, the 31-year-old will consider a transfer at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Hazard’s career has been on a downward spiral ever since he moved to Real Madrid. A move to the MLS could allow him to put this episode behind him and start afresh.

His contract with Los Blancos runs until 2024, but a summer exit looks extremely likely. Whether he follows in the footsteps of Gareth Bale and moves to MLS will be interesting to see.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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