Real Madrid’s reported interest in signing Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard may be thrown into doubt as we head into the summer transfer window, due to the Belgian’s injury whilst on international duty.
Los Blancos view Hazard as one the options they could acquire to improve on a near perfect season. Boss and club icon Zinedine Zidane is apparently a huge fan of the Belgian attacker, and has even previously drawn comparisons between Hazard, Lionel Messi and his own superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hazard has enjoyed a stellar season at Stamford Bridge, finding himself revitalised under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, but has never exactly remained tight-lipped about transfer rumours linking him to the likes of PSG and Real Madrid in the past.
Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support!! pic.twitter.com/aokirnytkW
— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 5, 2017
However, after a fracturing his ankle in Belgium training over the weekend, what was initially thought to be a six to eight week injury has transpired to be more serious – after undergoing surgery on Monday.
With Hazard’s road to recovery now looking a lot longer than was initially anticipated, it could throw any Madrid’s move into doubt. Even if the 26-year-old was out for three months to the day, he would still most likely miss the beginning of the season, meaning that he would be absent for the entirety of pre-season training.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez confirmed Hazard’s injury was caused in a strange manner, with no collision, when interviewed after Belgium’s 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
“There was nobody near him when it happened. He wanted to move from his left foot to his right foot as he lined up a shot and then it happened,” Martinez said.
“We were all in shock and immediately realised it was serious.
“He is already back in London and we have been in touch after the game. He watched the match and congratulated us with the win.”