Eden Hazard makes final decision on future after Chelsea U-turn rumours
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Eden Hazard has made a final decision on his future amid rumours linking him with a stunning return to Chelsea this summer. The Belgian had a successful seven-year spell at the Blues which earned him a move to Real Madrid in 2019.
But the mega-money transfer has not worked out as hoped, with the 30-year-old struggling for form and fitness at the Bernabeu.
He made just 14 appearances in La Liga this past campaign as Madrid launched a remarkable late season title challenge.
Hazard scored just three times in the Spanish top-flight and was mainly limited to substitute appearances under Zinedine Zidane.
It means that Los Blancos are still yet to see a return on the £87million deal that brought the winger to the Spanish capital.
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His miserable stay in Madrid, coupled with the Spanish giant’s financial issues, has seen Hazard linked with a move away.
One possible destination is Chelsea, in a move that would bring him back to the club where he won two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the FA Cup.
He has not endeared himself to Madrid fans during his time at the Bernabeu, with many slamming the winger after he was caught laughing with Chelsea players following their Champions League semi-final.
But now Hazard has moved to rubbish the reports linking him with a shocking return to Stamford Bridge.
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“I still have a three-year contract with Real Madrid, so going back to England is out of the question,” he said.
“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. 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.”
Hazard is set to travel with Belgium to Euro 2020 and though he was ruled out of Madrid’s final game of the season with injury, the winger insisted he is ready for the tournament.
“I’m fine, I train well and I can do it for another two weeks. I hope to be ready for the first match in Russia,” he added.
“Practice matches will do me good, it’s always good to be here with the group. It will be a great tournament to prepare for.
“I hope everyone is fit, including me. It will do me good to play some games to start well. I still have some pain in my thigh and I see what we are doing with the medical team and the manager.
“I couldn’t play the last game with Real Madrid so I had a week off and now it’s time to see if I have to train alone first or no.”
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