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Newcastle switch mooted with Tuchel verdict tipped to end star’s Chelsea dream

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Eden Hazard’s prospects of a return to Chelsea will seemingly be cut short by Thomas Tuchel – but the Real Madrid star has been told that a prospective transfer to Newcastle could be on the cards.

The 30-year-old Belgian star has proved a major flop since a near £95m move to the Bernabeu in 2019. Beset by a series of niggling injuries, Hazard has clocked up just 54 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring five goals.

Now on the periphery of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad, Hazard is seemingly been made available for transfer ahead of the winter window.

Indeed, with Brazilian pair Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, aged 21 and 20 respectively, both ahead in the pecking order, it seems Hazard’s time in Madrid is over.

According to widespread reports, Hazard is reportedly keen on a return to Stamford Bridge in January.

Having played for Chelsea for seven seasons, he was regarded as “the best player in England” during his time in SW6.

However, his prospects of a return to Chelsea appear over before they have started.

Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws, former Belgian stars Marc Degryse and Giles De Bilde have delivered the inside track on Tuchel’s thinking.

“I think Hazard would prefer to go back to Chelsea,” Degryse said, via Sport Witness.

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“Are you crazy!” De Bilde responded to the suggestions.

“Can you see Tuchel already shouting: ‘Eden! Vite! Run back!’ And then he: ‘Huh? They’re already on the other side, coach; I’m not running back, you know’.”

Hazard to become a Newcastle hero

Degryse went on to explain why he can actually see Hazard signing for Newcastle.

And in a bold prediction, he claims Hazard could save them from the drop and become a huge crowd favourite on Tyneside.

“Hazard has to go to a team in January where they count on him, where they make him important,” he added.

“Newcastle is ideal. All the balls will go to him. If he can keep Newcastle in the Premier League, it could give a new boost to his career.”

Newcastle will reportedly hand new manager Eddie Howe a £200m transfer kitty to spend over the next three years.

Ancelotti has left the door open for his exit. He recently said: “Never in my coaching career have I forced a player to stay when they want to leave. In my personal opinion, there is no question about that.

“If a player wants to leave, he will leave. There is not much doubt about this.”

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