Eden Hazard drops major Real Madrid exit statement as secret Chelsea transfer talks explained


Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has addressed speculation regarding his future at Real Madrid. The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu having fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti.

He has featured just 29 times for the Italian boss at Los Blancos, averaging only 40 minutes per appearance. Hazard has suffered a number of injuries which have kept him out of the side since joining the Spanish giants. Naturally, doubt has been cast over his future at Real Madrid and a number of clubs have flirted with the prospect of signing the Belgium international in recent times.

According to El Nacional in November, former owner Roman Abramovich was keen to bring Hazard back to Stamford Bridge under the assumption that the winger could rekindle his status as one of the best players in the world. The report stated that the Blues were not willing to pay more than £34million for the Belgian and a move ultimately collapsed. Since the consortium led by Todd Boehly has took over from the Russian billionaire, Hazard hasn’t been linked with a move back to Chelsea.

But, Hazard has been linked with a Premier League return. Newly-appointed Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is considering a move in the January transfer window, according to Spanish news outlet Defensa Central . It’s said that ‘all routes lead back to England’ for the Belgian as he looks to reignite his career. But, in an interview with Marca, Hazard suggested otherwise and insisted that he will respect his contract in the Spanish capital. When asked whether Chelsea had ever called him regarding a return to Stamford Bridge, he replied:

“No. I have no idea [where this news has come out].”

Hazard was then asked of the chance of him leaving Real Madrid in January or June. He replied:

“In January it is impossible, because I have family and I like the city. “But in summer it is possible that I go. I have one more year on my contract and it’s the club’s decision. If the club tells me ‘Eden, thanks for four years, but you have to go’, I have to accept it because it’s normal. But I would like to play more, show more that I can play, that I am a good player.”

Having struggled to adapt to life away from west London, Hazard explained his misfortune with injuries. The Belgian was accused for arriving for his first pre-season at Real Madrid overweight.

“But that has always happened,” the former Blues talisman said. “All seasons are the same with me: during the season I have to work and play football, but when I have three weeks to rest, I rest, and I’m not going to change. “This story was four years ago, although it was reality, but then I did an incredible two months before the injury. Then I haven’t had any luck due to the confinement and many things, like many injuries in the second year… “But during 10 years at Chelsea I played 500 games without injuries or anything, and then in two years all these injuries… It’s something I can’t explain. Why?”

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