Eden Hazard closes in on Chelsea return as ‘understanding is close’ between Roman Abramovich and Real Madrid President

October 22nd, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Ligue 1 club Lille academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme has warned Real Madrid that Eden Hazard could quit the Bernabeu.

And former club Chelsea are rumoured to be eyeing a £42million move to bring Hazard back to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich is reportedly eager to bring Hazard back to South-West London, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ‘willing to negotiate’.

According to El Nacional, via The Sun, Perez is holding out for more than £42m, but an ‘understanding is close’ between the two clubs for a move next summer.

Vandamme was responsible for discovering Hazard in 2005, and has warned Los Blancos they must make him feel ‘important’ in the way they play if they want him to stay at the club.

He told Diario AS: “He needs to feel a leader. Not a dressing room leader, but a technical leader.

“He has to think he’s important in the style of play. You have to give Eden the keys to the play. He needs it.

“If not he’ll end up leaving Madrid.”

The 30-year-old winger has struggled since his big money move from Chelsea in 2019.

And in seven LaLiga appearances so far this campaign Hazard has started four of them from the bench.

The Belgian forward signed for Los Blancos for £130million, but has played just 51 times for the club in over two years.

He’s also yet to score this season and has netted just five times in two years with the Spanish giants.

Former Chelsea man Hazard has been plagued by injuries in his time at the Bernabeu, and has missed all El Clasico fixtures since he’s been there due to injury.

And he could once again miss Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona after sitting out of Real Madrid’s last three games with a muscular injury.

The Belgian was linked with a move away from Real Madrid in the summer, and was reportedly put up for sale for just £43m.

He was claimed to have his heart set on a return to Stamford Bridge, although a move failed to materialise.

But now it seems a return to his former club could be back on the cards.

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