Hazard 'intends to stay at Real until the end of his contract in 2024'
Eden Hazard is now Real Madrid’s most expensive player EVER after add-ons from £88m Chelsea move surpassed previous record signing Gareth Bale – and Belgian ‘intends to stay until end of his contract in 2024’ despite not playing in over two months
- Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid in 2019 for a fee potentially rising to £150m
- The forward has struggled for fitness and form during his time with Los Blancos
- As a result, there has been intense speculation over Hazard’s future at the club
Eden Hazard has reportedly decided to see out his contract at Real Madrid, which expires in 2024.
The former Chelsea star has endured a dismal spell with the Spanish giants since his move in 2019 for a fee rising to a potential £150m.
Having excelled over a seven-year-spell at Stamford Bridge, he has scored just seven goals for Los Blancos and regularly struggled for fitness and form.
There has been significant speculation over his future with the 126-capped former Belgian international having not played for the club in more than two months.
Hazard has only featured for 296 minutes in all competitions this season, contributing a single goal and assist.
Eden Hazard has reportedly decided to see out his contract at Real Madrid which runs to 2024
Hazard (R) has struggled to make an impact with Real ever since his £150m move in 2019
And, according to The Athletic, despite his playing future at the club being uncertain, the Belgian will remain with Real Madrid until the end of his deal which runs until June 2024.
After meeting with his staff in Madrid last month to discus his future, Hazard and his team reached an agreement and have decided he wants to stay with Los Blancos for a variety of professional and personal reasons.
The forward penned a five-year deal when he arrived as the club’s record signing back in 2019.
He is also their highest-paid player and given his recent form, it is unlikely that Hazard would command similar wages anywhere else.
There are also personal reasons for the 32-year-old wanting to remain at Real Madrid, with his family well-settled in the Spanish capital Leo – one of his sons – even last month joined Real’s youth academy.
While the initial transfer fee for Hazard was £88.3m, with add-ons potentially rising to £150m, the report also stated that although not all of these have been triggered, the cost for the Belgian has now surpassed the previous club record £90m fee Real paid for Gareth Bale in 2013.
A source close to the player reportedly simply said ‘no’ when asked if there was any scenario in which Hazard would leave this summer.
Hazard has not received any formal interest or offers from other clubs and the only potential sticking point for him staying would be his relationship with the club.
Los Blancos have been trying to move Hazard on over the past few years due to his limited impact – something which has upset the Belgian.
The cost of Hazard after the initial £88.3m fee has now surpassed the previous club record £90m the Spanish giants paid for Gareth Bale when signing him from Tottenham back in 2013
Hazard’s relationship with Ancelotti (L) has become fractured over his lack of playing time
He is reportedly popular among his team-mates, but they appreciate he is no longer the force he once was on the pitch – a view that is backed up by the club’s coaching staff, including Ancelotti.
The report also explained how Hazard’s relationship with the Italian boss is extremely fractured, and the Belgian is disappointed with his lack of playing time after being under the impression he would have an important role this season.
Real and Hazard have not spoken about his future and there are no plans to do so in the coming weeks, with the report stating only a move to the US could convince the forward to leave the Spanish giants.
He is now determined to remain and is set to follow stars such as Gareth Bale, Isco and Mariano Diaz in seeing out his contract with the club.
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