Real Madrid attacker Eden Hazard is reportedly considering retiring from professional football when his contract at the club expires next summer.
The Belgian’s contract at Santiago Bernabeu will be up by June 2024, and according to Relevo, he is thinking about calling it quits in football when that happens.
Hazard called his time up in international football last year after a disappointing end to Belgium’s World Cup in Qatar.
There are fears he will follow the same route when his £384,000-per-week contract at the Madrid-based club expires next year.
However, it is still not absolute whether Hazard would consider retirement in 2024 as he could still get some lucrative offers from the Major League Soccer and the Saudi Arabian clubs.
Yet, the report claims that the 32-year-old feels that he has achieved everything he could in football and it’s time to hang up his boots after playing for a club he always dreamt of representing.
The former Chelsea player has endured another frustrating season in Madrid, managing just 331 minutes on the pitch due to fitness issues. His relationship with Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has also gone bad, with recent reports claiming that both men do not speak to each other.
While Madrid will be willing to offload him next season, but the player wants to see off his lucrative deal at the club.
“Honestly, I’m planning to stay at Real Madrid next season,” he said recently.
“I expect to stay, as I want to celebrate the last year of my contract.”
Hazard’s time in Spain has been largely unsuccessful despite the early promise his signing brought. The 31-year-old has only scored seven goals and provided 12 assists in 75 games across all competitions for Los Blancos.