Eden Hazard dismisses Chelsea return; admits summer move ‘possible’ with Villa ‘interested’

Eden Hazard during a press conference Credit: Alamy
Eden Hazard during a press conference Credit: Alamy

Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has revealed that Chelsea have never tried to re-sign him since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2019.

Los Blancos paid £105million to sign Hazard from the Blues despite the fact he only had a year left on his contract.

The La Liga giants obviously had no worries over the Belgian’s ability to perform in Spain, but it has been a very difficult spell for the player.

His time in Spain has been greatly hindered by injuries and when fit, Hazard has struggled to perform.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti clearly prefers Rodrygo to the Chelsea legend, with Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior’s spot in the starting XI not up for debate.

With Hazard struggling in the Spanish capital, he has often been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Aston Villa have all been linked with the Belgium captain over the last two years.

Capped 122 times by his country, Hazard is currently with his Belgium teammates ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

And prior to the tournament, the 31-year-old sat down with Spanish publication Marca.

Hazard – who has seven goals in 72 matches for Madrid – simply said “no” when asked if Chelsea have ever asked him to come back.

Following Unai Emery’s appointment as Aston Villa head coach, there have been rumours that the Midlands club are interested in signing the former Lille youngster.

A move to Villa Park would be quite similar to the Villans’ signing of Philippe Coutinho, who had an even more difficult spell with Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona.

Coutinho has struggled for Villa, however, and missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad as a result.

With his contract set to expire in 2024, Hazard said he will be staying at Madrid until the end of the season, but in the summer, anything is possible.

He also admitted that if the European champions tell him to leave, he will oblige.

“In January it is impossible, because I have family and I like the city,” he said.

“But in summer it is possible that I go. I have one more year on my contract and it’s the club’s decision.

“If the club tells me, ‘Eden, thanks for four years but you have to go’, I have to accept it because it’s normal.

“But I would like to play more, show more that I can play, that I am a good player.”

Hazard has come under scrutiny for looking out of shape in recent seasons.

He has hit back at that criticism, saying: “But that has always happened.

“All seasons are the same with me – during the season I have to work and play football, but when I have three weeks to rest, I rest, and I’m not going to change.

“This story was four years ago, although it was reality, but then I did an incredible two months before the injury. Then I haven’t had any luck due to the confinement and many things, like many injuries in the second year.

“But during ten years at Chelsea I played 500 games without injuries or anything, and then in two years all these injuries. It’s something I can’t explain.”

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