Relief for Chelsea as Real Madrid end interest in key £100m man

Date published: Wednesday 13th June 2018 2:05

Eden Hazard: Reportedly wanted by Real Madrid

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is no longer a target for Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Hazard was linked with a move to the Spanish giants last year, but new boss Julen Lopetegui does not consider him a target.

Don Balon say Lopetegui would prefer to give Marco Asensio a more prominent role at the Bernabeu next season, instead of bidding for Hazard.

Belgium captain Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, and having scored 89 goals in that time, has drawn admiration from the European giants. But despite Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s wishes to sign another Galactico this summer, Hazard is unlikely to move to Spain.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Asensio is eager for more game time in the Spanish capital, after starting 19 games under Zinedine Zidane last season.

It now appears Lopetegui is willing to grant Asensio his wishes by turning down the chance to sign Hazard.


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