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Chelsea is interested in Hazard return, Real wants £51M for Belgian

22/07/2021; 4:05 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Chelsea is reportedly considering the return of Eden Hazard to Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid has put up a £51 million price tag on the Belgian.

The Belgian joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 and became an instant fan favourite. Hazard won two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles, and other domestic cups in his seven years at the club. 

His final game for the club came in the final of the 2018/19 Europa League final, where he scored two goals as Chelsea beat fellow London rivals Arsenal.

The winger also won a few personal accolades while he was at Chelsea. He made a clean sweep of all major domestic individual honours at the end of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

However, Hazard's return is not a priority for Chelsea, who are looking to sign a striker this summer. The club is looking to sign Erling Haaland from Dortmund. They are also looking to bring in Robert Lewandowski if they fail in their pursuit of Haaland. 

Hazard Madrid nightmare

Hazard joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 and has underperformed since. The Spanish giants paid an initial fee of £88 million for the Belgian, with the price rising to an excess of £100 million after add-ons. 

Eden Hazard has scored just five goals in the two seasons since he joined Madrid. His Madrid goal tally is a far cry from what he was getting while playing for the London club. Hazard's goal tally hit double figures in six of the seven seasons he had with Chelsea.

Hazard has struggled for fitness since he joined Madrid playing only 21 games across all competitions last season. The Belgian winger has also been accused of having an attitude problem, with reports suggesting the player doesn't work well in training.

Hazard, tipped by many to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, also angered the Madrid fan base when Chelsea knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League last season. Following the final whistle, Hazard could be seen laughing with his former Chelsea teammates on the pitch.

However, the Real Madrid hierarchy is not convinced of the London side's willingness to meet their £51 million price tag.

Source: AS

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