Real Madrid let Cristiano Ronaldo go after nine years with the club but now it looks like manager Julen Lopetegui has cooled his interest for the Premier League superstar.
Real Madrid let Cristiano Ronaldo go after the Portuguese superstar reportedly asked to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after nine years at the club. However, while Juventus and their fans were overjoyed with their new man, Real Madrid was left hanging and now need to find a replacement for what many considered to be the irreplaceable football player.
However, it looked like the Los Blancos have targeted Chelsea and their stars to reinforce their squad for the coming season. Their top target is the great Eden Hazard, with the Belgian star increasing his value after a superb World Cup leading Belgium to a third-place finish, their highest ever in the quadrennial tournament. However, that has simply also proven his value to both Real Madrid and Chelsea, as the Blues look to reject any possible offer.
But now it looks like Real Madrid have done Chelsea’s job for them, with Manager Julen Lopetegui cooling his interest in the Belgian international. The Chelsea star has been permanently linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu since his impeccable PFA player of the year performance in 2014/15 season.
And now with Ronaldo leaving for the Serie A, and Neymar publicly saying he’s happy in the Ligue 1, the 27-year-old was the perfect marquee signing for Julen Lopetegui. But according to the Mirror, Madrid have reportedly cooled their interest with the former Spain boss feeling that he has more than enough options at the club.
It further adds that Isco Alarcon will the lynchpin in Lopetegui’s plans for Real Madrid’s future and the Real Madrid boss’ admiration for the 26-year-old means that no move for Eden Hazard will take place. Not only that, Gareth Bale’s resurgence and willingness to improve and stay at the Bernabeu plus Marco Asensio’s incredible growth are all major plus points in Lopetegui’s eyes.
Eden Hazard has evolved into a brilliant player and increases the value of any team he moves to, but at Chelsea, he is the big fish in a big pond. However, while a move to Real Madrid would be very lucrative, the Belgian will also have the pressure of trying to replace arguably the greatest modern day footballer and easily one of Real Madrid’s legends in Cristiano Ronaldo.
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