Eden Hazard could follow Bale's footsteps and retire instead of a Chelsea return

After Gareth Bale retired from professional football four months ago, Eden Hazard might be the next member of the Galacticos to hang up his boots

After a disastrous stint at Real Madrid, Hazard has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but hanging up his boots seems like a more realistic prospect. After seven illustrious years with Chelsea, the former Belgian international accomplished his big-money dream move to Madrid in 2019, but his time at Santiago Bernabeu has turned out to be a nightmare. For Los Blancos, Hazard hasn’t even attempted to kick a ball; instead, the forward has been relegated to warming the bench after losing favour. However, his ongoing injury issues have also played a part in his limited playing time.

The Belgian has missed more games than he has played for Los Blancos, missing almost 80 games since joining Madrid due to at least 18 injuries over the course of four years. While playing for Chelsea for seven years, the former Lille player missed just 21 games while making 352 appearances, contributing to 110 goals and 92 assists. A player who was regarded as one of the best in the world during his time in royal blue has only appeared 75 times for Madrid, contributing to 12 goals and seven goals himself.

The Belgian has admitted that his relocation to Spain has been a dismal failure, but his only goal has always been to win over the Madrid supporters. Under Carlo Ancelotti, though, playing time has been difficult to come by even when healthy. This season, Hazard has made just nine appearances across all competitions, producing a goal and two assists in that time.

Despite having one year left on his contract, the 32-year-old is adamant about staying in the Spanish city because he may be holding out hope for a chance to save his faltering career. He has plenty of possibilities, particularly from Saudi Arabia, which is eager to entice him away from Spain by dipping deep into its limitless reservoir of riches, but to no avail.

Five months ago, Hazard announced his retirement from international duty in the wake of Belgium’s lacklustre performance at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. When his contract with the Spanish champions expires in the summer of 2024, he is now considering giving up on his profession completely.

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