Newcastle United’s reported efforts to make Eden Hazard the headline signing of their bright new era appear to have hit the rocks amid claims the Belgian has no interest in a move to Tyneside.
The Belgian has failed to hit the heights at the Bernabeu since a £90m move in summer 2019. A series of injuries have seriously hampered his progress since ditching Chelsea, where he was regarded as one of the Premier League’s best players.
Now fit, Hazard finds himself restricted to life on the Real Madrid bench and facing an uncertain future.
As such, reports on Thursday claimed the winger has been offered to Chelsea and Newcastle ahead of the January window.
Indeed, Carlo Ancelotti did not hold back in his reasons for not playing Hazard. However, the Real Madrid boss did stop short of saying the player was available for transfer.
However, even if Los Blancos do clear the path for Hazard to leave, Het Laatste Nieuws (via Sport Witness) claims a move to Newcastle is not on the cards.
They state Hazard intends to stay in the Spanish capital, where he and his wife feel very settled.
Furthermore, they state that a move to Newcastle simply does not interest the player.
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And despite claims they are willing to pay Hazard a huge financial package, he “certainly does not want to sign for Newcastle”.
In addition, it’s stated the prospect of playing in a relegation battle is of no interest to a player more used to fighting for trophies.
Furthermore, the fact they still don’t have a manager also plays a part in Hazard’s thinking.
The report adds that Hazard, despite falling behind Vinicius Junior on the left of the attack, is still very much liked in the dressing room.
Ancelotti opens door for Hazard to leave
Ancelotti, however, insists he would not prevent Hazard leaving where he to ask to leave.
“Never in my career as a coach have I forced a player to stay when they want to leave,” Ancelotti said of Hazard.
“In my own personal opinion I don’t have any doubts about that.”
As a result, there is a growing feeling in the Spanish media that Hazard’s time will soon be up.
Despite being fit for most of the season, Hazard has just nine appearances to his name and only one goal.
And his manager has told him that’s a reality he may have to get used to.
“He has absolutely everything but he has to put up with the situation,” Ancelotti said. “Right now he has a coach who prefers other players.”