Hazard moved to Madrid three years ago but has failed to provide any returns on the £100 million paid for him. He has had even less of a role under Carlo Ancelotti this season as the Italian charges towards a 35th La Liga title for Los Blancos.
Madrid have been ready to cut their losses on the Belgian for a while now and have already listed him for transfer this season. However, reports from Spanish outlet Marca state that no offers have been made for Hazard. Marca also reported that Hazard is not willing to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this season, as he hopes to get one last shot at playing for the team of his dreams.
However, with just 722 minutes in total this season, Hazard ranks 17th for minutes under Carlo Ancelotti this season. He is yet to score a goal and has provided two assists so far in what is looking like another disappointing campaign since he moved to Spain from England.
Ancelotti: No issues with Hazard
Ancelotti is in his second stint as Madrid manager and is charging to the LaLiga title that eluded him in his first stint where he won the famous “La Decima” UEFA Champions League title and the club’s most famous Copa Del Rey title in recent years due to a wonder goal from Gareth Bale.
He has given all players an equal opportunity to shine at Madrid in his second stint this season, even giving a run to Hazard in November/December where the former Chelsea man showed glimpses of his quality. Hazard has since fallen down the pecking order again after failing to take full advantage of the opportunities he was given.
Ancelotti has now made clear in Madrid’s press conference before the Copa Del Rey tie against Elche that he has not had any issues between himself and Hazard who has also struggled for fitness this season alongside his poor form.
“Nothing has happened [with Hazard],” Ancelotti said during the pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“The only [thing is] that there is competition in the team and I have to choose the best [players] in each game. This affects many players, I can’t deny it. Nothing has happened, [Hazard] is training and waiting for the coach’s call. I think he will be ready when he plays.
“At the moment he is still a Real Madrid player. He is training and he is focused. We have nothing else to think about.”
Gareth Bale has also fallen out of favour at Madrid and more so under Ancelotti, who was manager when the Welshman signed for an almost world record fee. He has had even less opportunities than Hazard this season but the Italian still maintains that he has no problem with either of them.
“Nothing strange has happened [with Bale and Hazard], it’s just that there is competition and the coach, which is me, who has to choose the best [line-up] for each game.
“I try to be fair and choose the best. Sometimes you are very good and you don’t play. I’m also talking about Nacho [Fernandez], Marcelo, [Dani] Ceballos, Isco, [Luka] Jovic.”