Eden Hazard and Real Madrid have to make a decision. The La Liga title contenders have effectively exiled the costly winger due to a string of injuries and a lack of appearances. Worse, there’s no sign of improvement in sight.
Hazard has six Real Madrid goals in three seasons after coming to the club for roughly €100 million ($108 million) before add-ons from Chelsea.
Hazard was a star in the English Premier League with Chelsea.
It’s easy to see why Real Madrid have spent millions more on each of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals than his teammate, Gareth Bale, who makes roughly €500,000 ($555,000) per week, or over €20 million ($22 million) per year in gross income.
A Spanish newspaper reminds us that keeping him is becoming increasingly expensive.
Of course, Real have also invested in other members of the team, so it’s not only about goals.
Even yet, Hazard’s continued presence in the team’s lineup looks pointless, and the club should consider selling him as soon as possible.
Decisions about money (Eden Hazard)
Real is under no obligation to sell, regardless of the price.
A better spending allocation would have made it easier for the squad to hold onto Hazard and Bale.
However, reducing the roster and replacing it with players who are more readily available could lead to an increase in the level of competitiveness for roster positions.
A win away at Osasuna shows the team to be strong already.
Hazard’s investment at Real will be viewed as a failure by the club due to its lack of output and performance.
Despite his age, Hazard is still a thrilling prospect if his injury woes can be resolved.
When his contract expires in 2024, the club does not want to see his value decrease because of a lack of success at Madrid.
If the deal is good and everyone is delighted, cashing in could be a safe bet.
Destinations where Hazard could end up
His successor is likely to be chosen from within a short list of clear options.
In the Premier League, Chelsea’s return is the only viable alternative, but it is the only one that will be pursued.
It would be a shock if Hazard were to leave Chelsea for a rival club and sign a big-money contract with them.
Given the issues he’s had in Spain, he’s unlikely to join another La Liga team.
Only a small number of teams from other major leagues remain as potential suitors for this franchise.
To put it another way, Dortmund is an outside bet in the transfer market.
If true, that would be shocking, yet it seems to be on par with any other possibility.
When Erling Haaland decides to leave Dortmund for Manchester City, it will be a seismic shift that will ripple across Europe.
It’s possible that if Haaland departs Dortmund at a high price, Dortmund would be interested enough in the Belgian that they could afford to sign him, even if he comes with an enormous wage tag.
Another consideration is Hazard’s sibling.
Thorgan Hazard, who has long been overshadowed by his elder brother Eden, has greatly benefited Dortmund and Belgium.
He has had favorable things to say about playing in Germany and could influence Eden’s next move.
Dortmund’s preference for younger players, which does not fit the La Liga player’s profile, is the only stumbling block.
His stature and investment make him a force to be reckoned with, no matter how many times he’s failed. Moreover, Spain’s screams support this claim.
There is also Vincius Junior, a winger who has a strong connection to Karim Benzema that would make it hard to get the Brazilian out of the team.
No matter what happens, Hazard must play on a regular basis.
This could be the last game of his career and he’d like to be playing in next year’s World Cup at that point.
To avoid further injuries and maintain momentum, Belgium’s so-called golden generation must find a way to finish strong.