Chelsea: The first six fixtures of the 2021/22 Premier League
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Real Madrid have decided not to sell Eden Hazard amid links to Chelsea, according to reports. The Belgium international has struggled since moving to the Bernabeu back in the summer transfer window of 2019. But a blockbuster return to Stamford Bridge doesn’t appear to be on the cards.
Real Madrid decided to spend big on Hazard in 2019.
Having lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juvneuts the previous year, they believed the Belgium international would be a worthy replacement.
However, Hazard has struggled during his two years in Spain – scoring just four La Liga goals, registering only five assists and being limited to a mere 30 appearances during his two years there.
With Real eyeing Kylian Mbappe, talk of Hazard leaving has gathered momentum.
But Defensa Central claim that Real will give the 30-year-old one last season to show he’s up for the task of playing for the biggest club in the world.
If he struggles, though, they’d be open to selling Hazard in next summer’s transfer window instead.
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And it seems as though Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia will have to look elsewhere as the Blues seek to strengthen their squad and win the Premier League title next term.
The Blues have emerged as suitors for their old winger, with recent reports suggesting Thomas Tuchel was open to the idea of having Hazard back.
But Chelsea are now likely to focus on other targets instead.
Erling Haaland is currently their main aim, with the Borussia Dortmund star’s long-term future at the Westfalenstadion still very much up in the air.
The Norway international scored 40 goals across all competitions last term and is considered one of the best young strikers on the planet.
And whether Chelsea are able to lure him to the capital remains to be seen.
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Romelu Lukaku is a potential alternative, with the Belgium international shining for Inter Milan over the past two years.
But Express Sport understands he has no interest in returning to the Premier League and is currently happy at Inter, where he’ll look to fire them to Scudetto glory again.
Regarding Hazard, the Real Madrid star said in May that he wouldn’t leave Spain.
He said: “I still have a three-year contract with Real Madrid, so going back to England is out of the question.
“Everyone knows that my first two years were not good, so first I want to prove myself at Real Madrid. I will do everything to do that.
“I certainly don’t see myself leaving Madrid, given the contract situation.
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“I know myself and I know when I’m in shape. If that’s the case, I can give it my all for Real next season. That’s my plan.”
Meanwhile, former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino thinks his old team will try and land a ‘marquee signing’ before the transfer window slams shut.
He said on the talkSPORT Breakfast: “Chelsea have earned a lot of money in the last year or so, with the Champions League and selling Eden Hazard.
“I cannot believe they’re not going to break the bank and sign someone like Haaland.
“They are going to do a really big transfer, in my opinion.
“It’s been so quiet, the storm is coming – because Roman [Abramovich] has always done it, he’s always backed the club.
“I would be absolutely gobsmacked if they go in with the squad they’ve got today, even though they are European champions.
“Giroud has gone, Tammy is rumoured to be leaving as well, they’re making space.
“For them to do that, they are planning a mind-boggling transfer, and I think it will be Haaland.
“They’re going to offer big money for somebody and I suspect it would be him.”
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