Report: Chelsea now interested in signing 'magical' attacker on loan in January, Tuchel rates him

Chelsea are reportedly keen on bringing Eden Hazard back to the club on a part-time basis in January.

According to ABC, the Blues will consider re-signing the battered and bruised Belgian on loan after the New Year.

Hazard has endured a torrid time following his expensive switch from Stamford Bridge to Spain in 2019.

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Since joining Real Madrid, the 30-year-old’s appearance record stands at a mere 54.

Even more upsettingly, he has scored just five times and assisted another nine.

The forward managed 38 goal contributions alone during his final season in Chelsea colours.

It has been a startling fall from grace which can be put down to a string of injuries.

According to Transfermarkt, Hazard has missed 58 games through various problems.

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He sat out just 21 fixtures during a seven-year spell wearing blue.

Had enough of Hazard

It seems the persistent absence of the Premier League’s former golden entertainer has worn thin on the Madrid hierarchy.

There have been plenty of suggestions they want the attacker out of the Bernabeu door at the next available opportunity.

ABC claim that newly acquired Newcastle United, Juventus and Chelsea would be interested in housing him until the campaign’s conclusion.

Of course, a return to South West London sounds the most romantic.

After all, it was the city he truly turned into a world star, a household name, a £150m (BBC) player.

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“He’s relaxed, but once he’s on the training pitch he’s magical. He plays with enjoyment,” said Ross Barkley, one of Hazard’s ex-co-workers.

Even Thomas Tuchel has voiced a few kind sentiments about the Madrid man.

“He is a top quality player and a key player for many years at this club and this league, the hardest in the world,” were the words of Chelsea’s manager ahead of the Champions League clash with Los Blancos last term.

Word to the wise

But nostalgia should not take centre stage on this possible transfer.

Hazard is clearly a shadow of the once sparkling entertainer who lit up English football for nearly a decade.

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Plus, the Blues have other positions they need to prioritise, like centre-back or possibly central midfield.

You will always have a place in our hearts though, Eden.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.