Eden Hazard hints at retirement after injury-riddled Real Madrid spell

Eden Hazard was afflicted with injuries at Real Madrid

FOOTBALL: Eden Hazard hints at retirement after injury-riddled Real Madrid spell

Joel Omotto 21:00 - 30.07.2023

The former Chelsea winger is contemplating hanging his boots at just 32 after seeing injuries disrupt his dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu

Former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is 'contemplating retirement' at the age of just 32 after leaving Real Madrid.

Hazard moved to the Spanish giants for £100 million in 2019 after establishing himself as one of the best players in the world at Chelsea, but struggled to make much of an impact in an injury-riddled spell at the Bernabeu.

He was limited to just 54 league appearances in four years with Los Blancos, and scored just seven goals across all competitions.

The winger failed to impress teammate Toni Kroos, who cryptically referred to a player who 'came for a lot of money and basically let his career die' in a warning to new signing Jude Bellingham.

There was talk of Hazard linking up with Lionel Messi at Inter Miami or returning to his native Belgium after ending his Real contract early, but he is now considering retirement.

According to reports in AS, the 32-year-old has rejected an offer from Miami and may hang up his boots altogether given the toll injuries have taken on his body.

They also claim that he and his family are settled in Madrid and do not want to leave, which may impact any future decision.

Hazard has already retired from international football, bowing out after Belgium's group stage exit at the 2022 World Cup.

At his best, he was among the most dangerous players in the Premier League and provided Blues fans with some unforgettable moments.

The forward won the Premier League and Europa League twice, scoring 110 goals in 352 games in a spell that saw him pick up four Player of the Year awards.

Although Hazard's time in Madrid didn't go to plan from a personal perspective, he still won plenty of trophies, winning two LaLiga titles, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.