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Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid dream, nightmare is over

Four years of frustration

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Real Madrid CF v Real Valladolid CF - LaLiga Santander Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Over the weekend, Real Madrid confirmed that Eden Hazard will be leaving the club by mutual consent this summer after they reached an agreement to terminate his contract a year early.

Hazard’s Real Madrid dream thus officially ends in a whimper, though the dream itself had turned to a nightmare a long time ago, pretty much from the very beginning.

We managed to get Real to break their transfer record when they (finally) signed Hazard in 2019 after a half-decade of constant courtship, but over the past four years, he’s managed just 76 appearances and 7 goals in all competitions for them. (Compare to 110 in 352 career Chelsea appearances.) He’s barely featured at all this season, despite being largely injury-free, unlike the previous years in Madrid. In a way, it’s quite tragic; especially for such a jovial, carefree, lovely, once-scintillating player.

So what’s next for the Chelsea Legend?

Rumors of potential return to Stamford Bridge have been quickly squashed, at least as a player. The 32-year-old is said to be contemplating retirement.

Here’s to better days ahead, Eddie!

Real Madrid CF v Athletic Club - LaLiga Santander Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

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