Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has found life increasingly difficult in the Spanish capital since joining the club from Chelsea.
Real Madrid have put former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard on the transfer list and are open to offers to sell the Belgium international this summer.
That is according to a report by Spanish publication Marca, as cited by the Mirror, who report that the Spanish giants are ready to cash-in on the former Lille man, just two years after he swapped Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu.
Hazard, who joined Madrid for a fee that could exceed a whopping £150million, has found life challenging in the Spanish capital, racking up just 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.
In fairness to the Belgian, injuries have restricted him from settling into a groove at the Bernabeu, but he came under fierce criticism from large sections of the Madrid fan base and Spanish media for appearing to celebrate with the Chelsea players after the Blues defeated the Spanish giants at the semi-final stage of last season’s UEFA Champions League.
Ahead of the Blues winning the Champions League, it was reported by El Chiringuito TV in Spain that Hazard wanted to leave Madrid and seal a dramatic return to Stamford Bridge, as he had grown seriously unhappy in Spain.
Now, it is possible that Madrid could grant Hazard his dream if Chelsea were to express an interest in re-signing him.
That is because Madrid are open to selling him this summer.
The La Liga heavyweights are in a difficult position in a financial sense and may need to cut their cloth this summer to balance the books and remain within the strict La Liga financial fair play rules. Hazard, despite his recent injury woes, still remains one of their most sellable assets.
Although Madrid are reportedly ready to cut ties with Hazard this summer and offload him, he is set to hold talks with Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti later this week, as he prepares to return for pre-season training following the conclusion of the European Championship.
Following Ancelotti’s return to the Spanish giants last month, he did hint that both Hazard and Gareth Bale would get a chance to impress under his stewardship by delivering glowing assessments of the duo.
“Eden Hazard? He’s a top player, he’ll show his skills. Hazard and Bale can be so important for us,” Ancelotti explained.
Whether or not a conversation between Ancelotti and Hazard will pave the way for the the Belgium international to rekindle his Madrid career or not remains to be seen, but it would appear that Madrid are ready to offload him.
Should that be the case, all eyes will be on Chelsea to see if they plan for a fairytale home coming for the former Blues’ fans’ favourite.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Hazard made over 350 appearances and helped the club win six major trophies, including two Premier League titles.