Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard is reportedly seeking a summer return to former club Chelsea just two years after having made the switch to Spain.
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard has his heart set on an exit from the club in the upcoming transfer window, with the Belgian wing-wizard hoping to reunite with former employers Chelsea.
Hazard enjoyed a successful seven-year stint with Chelsea, having joined them from French outfit LOSC Lille in 2012. During his time in London, the attacker grew into one of the best in his position in the world, going on to win two Premier League titles, two UEFA Europa League trophies along with various other domestic silverware.
Hazard, having achieved greatness at Stamford Bridge, decided to embark on a dream move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019. However, the transfer has been a spectacular debacle, with the Belgian international struggling with injuries throughout his stint in the Spanish capital. Indeed, he has missed more games (59), than he has played for Los Blancos (43) in his two years at the club.
The current campaign has been a disastrous one for Hazard, with the winger featuring in just 13 La Liga games. So, there have been speculations that Real Madrid could be open to cutting their losses on him in the upcoming transfer window. And, it would seem like the Belgian international, too, is seeking a parting of ways in the summer.
Hazard’s motivation behind such a decision, as per the report, is the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. The 30-year-old is of the belief that should the Frenchman, who is said to have an agreement in place with Real Madrid, comes in, he will be the club’s main man, leaving Hazard out of the picture.
Hence, the winger is now hoping to secure a move back to his old stomping ground by rejoining Chelsea. The Blues, under Thomas Tuchel, have made giant strides over the second half of the 2020/21 campaign. However, the attacking department could use a fresh addition or two, considering that the marquee summer signings Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech have all failed to make the kind of impact that was expected.
Even the likes of Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi have not been consistent enough to nail down a place in the lineup, which has left Mason Mount to do a lot by himself. So, Hazard, given his past with the Blues, could be a viable target, although there remain question marks as to how he would fit into Tuchel’s system that requires each player to put in the hard yards off the ball from the top itself.
While the speculation has an air of romanticism to it, Hazard returning to Chelsea at this point would not serve either party well. The Belgian has shown signs of decline thanks to the spate of injuries and may find it hard to carve out a place in Tuchel’s side. It, however, remains to be seen if such a move does materialise come summer.