Eden Hazard is finding life tough at Real Madrid. The Belgian had hoped that Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival would herald a new beginning for his career at the Santiago Bernabeu, but things haven’t worked out like that. Talk of a move away from La Liga has intensified, with a left-field suitor emerging today.
That would be, according to a report in Marca, KVC Westerlo, leaders of the Belgian Second Division. They’re owned by Turkish businessman Oktay Ercan, who dreams of taking his club to the First Division and is willing to spend money to achieve it.
Hasan Cetinkaya, the club’s vice president, spoke about Hazard in a recent interview with Het Nieuwsblad. “I think I can consider Eden Hazard a friend,” he said. “I met him when he was at Lille and he promised me that one day he would play for Fenerbahce. Westerlo will be more difficult, but you never know. Maybe he will end his career here.”
Hazard joined Madrid for a fee of £103.5m in the summer of 2020 from Chelsea, but has been unable to replicate the form he showed at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian provided 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 games for Chelsea, but has provided just five goals and nine assists in the 54 he’s played for Madrid. He’s played in eleven games this season and provided one assist.