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!