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Chelsea legend sees Premier League return stall as ‘concerns’ around €100m star become clear

Ben Stewart
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy warming up

Real Madrid's Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy warming up

Several Premier League clubs are considering a move for Eden Hazard this summer, but some concerns have arisen over a potential move.

Since being let go by Real Madrid, Hazard has found himself as a free agent. Earlier this summer it was claimed that the Belgian winger was considering retirement, but he is now seemingly on the hunt for a new club.

Moves to MLS and Saudi Arabia have been mentioned, although Hazard does still have some admirers in Europe. While his time in Spain didn’t go to plan, he is still able to conjure up some magic.

Crystal Palace were recently linked with a shock move for the former Chelsea man as Steve Parish reportedly believes the 32-year-old still has something to offer.

The speculation surrounding the 32-year-old has been rife, but some concerns over a potential Premier League return have arisen.

According to the Daily Mail, concerns surrounding Hazard’s fitness is said to be an ’emerging factor’ over whether or not clubs look to pursue a deal.

The report claims that there has been ‘varying levels of interest’ from a number of different clubs in England in recent weeks.

Injuries and fitness issues were one of the primary reasons why Hazard struggled to live up to the hype at Real Madrid.

Across his four years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Hazard scored just seven goals and provided 12 assists. A record that pales in comparison to his elite record at Stamford Bridge.

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Hazard can take his time

While plenty of players will be desperate to secure a move before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of the month, Hazard won’t be in the same rush.

As he is currently a free agent, he can sign for his next club outside of the regular transfer window. This means that he won’t need to rush into any last minute decisions this week.

Given his free agent status, this could also suit Premier League clubs who are looking to sign him. They will be able to take their time in assessing him and won’t need to roll the dice at the last minute to sign him.

It has been suggested that Hazard could perhaps join his next club on a pay-as-you-play contract. This would provide Hazard with an incentive to stay fit and would protect the club from gambling a big contract on an injury-prone player.

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