Chelsea have reportedly been ‘sounded out’ by Real Madrid over their possible intrigue in signing Eden Hazard next year.
This is according to ESPN, who claim the Blues are one of numerous Premier League clubs to have earned Madrid’s approaches about taking Hazard off their hands in January.
The Belgian’s Bernabeu career was buried virtually from the moment he swapped Stamford Bridge for Spain.
In just over two seasons, the forward has amassed a mere 53 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring just five goals.
Repeated trips to the treatment table have tormented the 30-year-old.
He looks a shell of the player who tore apart the Premier League for nearly a decade in Chelsea’s colours.
“I said on commentary that he is the best player in the Premier League,” said Jamie Carragher in 2018.
“He is an absolute superstar.”
Madrid are seemingly at the end of their teether with Hazard, as they look to offload him at the next available moment.
They will not get anything close to the £130m (Sky) fee they forked out for the no.7, but clubs may still be open to paying a reasonable price for an individual with such pedigree.
Newcastle have the cash to splash thanks to their new owners and landing Hazard would be a real statement of intent.
Moving back to Chelsea certainly sounds romantic, yet not all fairy tales have a happy ending.
Of course, the Blues are no strangers to re-signing their former stars.
Didier Drogba returned to South West London in 2014, two years after winning the Champions League for Roberto di Matteo.
More recently, Romelu Lukaku announced his second coming for Chelsea over the summer, the striker who named Hazard as the best player he’d ever played with.
But sentimentality should not be the reason to save Eden.