Hazard 'refusing' to leave Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard is reportedly refusing to leave Real Madrid, sparking comparisons to Gareth Bale, who was recently labelled a "parasite" for staying at the club.

The Belgian is considered by many to be one of Los Blancos' worst-ever signings as he has not delivered on expectations after joining the side for a hefty fee of £98 million (R1.8 billion) in 2019.

The ex-Chelsea star has been riddled with injuries and illness issues since making the move to Madrid, which have only added to his struggles stay fully fit.

This has reportedly angered some at the club who feel there has been no real return on their investment despite the player already being in his third season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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The Spanish giants are reportedly desperate to move him on, but the situation could turn into one similar to that of Gareth Bale, who will see out the remainder of his contract despite featuring very little for the LaLiga outfit over the past three seasons, having also spent the 2020/21 campaign out on loan at his former team, Tottenham Hotspur.

This week, a report by Marca branded the Welshman a "parasite" for staying at the Bernabeu and "sucking Real Madrid's euros" until June 2022, when his deal will expire.

This despite the Welshman having helped Los Blancos claim 14 trophies since he joined in 2013.

According to the Daily Mail, Hazard is now facing similar treatment from the Spanish press as he is refusing to leave the club with two seasons left on his contract.

The 31-year-old is said to be looking to fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti's strongest starting XI, although he has only started seven LaLiga matches so far this season.

A return to Stamford Bridge was heavily speculated recently, but that avenue seems unlikely now given that the Blues' are in search of a new owner after Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale.

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Due to sanctions imposed on the billionaire by the United Kingdom government as a result of his alleged ties to Russia president Vladimir Putin, the European champions cannot sign nor sell any players until the ownership issue is appropriately resolved.

It is also understood that Real have not received any offers for Hazard, although Newcastle United are rumoured to be keen to help the attacker revive his deteriorating career back in the Premier League.

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