Eden Hazard has made a dramatic U-turn on his Real Madrid future as he is now ‘open’ to a return to Chelsea.
The Belgian winger has endured a torrid time at the Bernabeu since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2019.
During the summer, the 30-year-old was adamant he was going to fight for his place at Madrid and going back to England was “out of the question.”
But as his struggles have continued this season, Hazard has had a complete change of heart and is looking to leave Spain in the upcoming window.
And it’s been reported that he is keen on a return to Chelsea, a rumour that has been in overdrive since the summer.
Roman Abramovich is leading the pursuit of Hazard as the Blues owner wants to link up with the former Lille man, according to El Nacional.
The businessman’s plea seems to have done the trick as Hazard’s stance has completely changed since the start of the current campaign.
The forward made it clear he was not returning to the Premier League and was fully committed to Real Madrid as he looked to put his struggles behind him.
He said on May 26: “I still have a three-year contract with Real Madrid, so going back to England is out of the question. Everyone knows that my first two years were not good, so first I want to prove myself at Real Madrid. I will do everything to do that.
“I certainly don’t see myself leaving Madrid, given the contract situation.
“I know myself and I know when I’m in shape. If that’s the case, I can give it my all for Real next season. That’s my plan.”
Hazard was also looking forward to working with his new boss Carlo Ancelotti who joined the club after leaving Everton.
He said at Euro 2020: “Everyone at Real Madrid knows what Ancelotti has brought to the club.
“He won the Champions League with this group and he knows a lot of the players.
“We know that he is a coach with a lot of experience. He knows the city and the fans. I think we can do great things together.
“I don’t know him personally, but from what I’ve heard of him he’s a very nice person who just wants to win, and that’s what we all want.
“We’ll have the chance to work together. It’s good news for me.”
Hazard has been plagued with injuries and fitness issues since joining Madrid and has failed to replicate the form he showed at Chelsea.
Hazard left the Blues widely regarded as the best player in the world outside of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but Thomas Tuchel would have a completely different player on his hands this time around.