Chelsea and Newcastle ‘sounded about a move in January by Eden Hazard’ after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted he prefers other players to the £ 89 million Belgian striker
- Chelsea and Newcastle have been linked to a January raid by Eden Hazard
- The 30-year-old Belgian has fallen out of favor at Real Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti
- Hazard has started just five games this season and did not participate in El Clásico
- ESPN reports that Madrid want to recover at least £ 42 million for the 30-year-old
Newcastle United and Chelsea have reportedly been alerted to the possibility of signing Eden Hazard in January with the Belgian striker struggling to gain playing time at the Bernabéu.
Hazard, 30, has struggled to reach the heights that convinced Madrid to spend an initial fee of £ 89 million two years ago, with performance-based incentives bringing that figure to £ 150 million.
However, injuries have derailed the former Chelsea star’s progress in Madrid, where he has scored just five goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos.
Newcastle and Chelsea are interested in a January raid by Eden Hazard
This week Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti delivered a damning accusation about Hazard’s prospects at the Bernabéu, telling the Belgian to “hold out” with the reality that he is far down the hierarchical order.
“ He has absolutely everything, but he has to put up with the situation, ” Ancelotti said. Spanish media. “Right now he has a coach who prefers other players.”
And according ESPNSeveral Premier League clubs have been polled about their interest in signing the 30-year-old in January, including former club Chelsea as well as Newcastle.
Carlo Ancelotti (left) told Eden Hazard (right) to ‘hang on’ with limited minutes at Real Madrid
It is not clear at this time if any of the clubs have a serious interest in landing Hazard and if the Belgian is willing to end his career at the Bernabéu.
Madrid are looking to raise funds for a big summer window in 2022, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland on the club’s radar.
The 22-year-old Mbappé will be available for free when his contract expires, but is expected to demand a large package of fees and salaries from Los Blancos.
Haaland will be available for a fee of just £ 64m due to his buyout clause, but Madrid will face stiff competition from Man City and Chelsea for the Norwegian’s signing.
Ambitious Newcastle has engaged Hazard valued at £ 42m in a high-spending January
Hazard spent seven successful years at Chelsea, where he twice won the Premier League.
Hazard has three years left on his contract at the Bernabéu and the ESPN report states that Madrid will seek to recover at least 50 million euros (42 million pounds) for him.
The Belgian spent seven years of great success at Stamford Bridge, where he won the Premier League twice. Premier League fighter Newcastle is expected to spend heavily in January following its £ 305 million acquisition by Saudi Arabia.
Magpies have also been linked to a big money move for Bayer Leverkusen wonder boy Florian Wirtz.