Belgian professional footballer Eden Hazard and Real Madrid, the prestigious Spanish football club, have agreed to mutually terminate Hazard’s contract.
The move marks the end of Hazard’s tenure at the club, which has been fraught with challenges and persistent injuries.
Real Madrid confirmed on June 3, 2023, that an agreement has been reached to terminate Eden Hazard’s contract, bringing to a close a difficult chapter in the club’s history.
The termination takes effect on June 30, 2023, formally releasing Hazard from his responsibilities as part of the La Liga titan’s squad.
Eden Hazard’s Journey With Real Madrid
When Hazard, 32, transferred from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019 for a staggering £103 million, there was immense anticipation surrounding his performance.
However, Hazard’s performance in the Spanish League was overshadowed by a series of injuries, causing a dip in his form compared to his glory days in the English Premier League.
During his stint at Real Madrid, the Belgian star made 76 appearances across all competitions, managing to net only 7 goals.
It was a stark contrast to his legendary career at Stamford Bridge, where he left an indelible mark with 352 appearances and an impressive tally of 110 goals.
Hazard’s time at Real Madrid was filled with highs and lows, the player having won a total of eight titles during his four-season stay.
These included one European Cup, one Club World Cup, one European Super Cup, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, and two Spanish Super Cups.
However, it is important to note that the Belgian was not a part of any of those title-winning matches. He wasn’t even named on the bench in the finals.
What’s Next For Eden Hazard?
While Real Madrid has expressed its gratitude towards Eden Hazard and extended good wishes for his future endeavors, fans and football enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly speculating on what lies ahead for the player.
With the contract termination, Hazard’s future in professional football is now shrouded in uncertainty.
The Belgian has been linked with a potential return to English football, with clubs like Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested in his services.
However, Hazard seems to be standing at a crossroad, contemplating retirement after his tumultuous journey in the Spanish capital.
The decision is expected to be a critical turning point in Eden Hazard’s career, as the player weighs his options in the wake of the recent development.