Chelsea? Juventus? Newcastle? Where might Eden Hazard go next?

Former Blue’s time at Real Madrid looks to be nearing an end. Planet Sport looks at the 30-year-old’s possible destinations.

Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid has never really worked out.

Persistent injuries and lack of form have led to the Belgian making just 54 appearances and scoring only five goals, since he joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in 2019 for a fee in excess of £85million.

The bar for success at a club like Real has long since been set far higher than that, and with Hazard having lost a regular starting spot on Los Blancos' wing to 21-year-old Brazilian Vinicius Junior, there are reports the club are looking to move him on.

Planet Sport takes a look at six possible destinations for Hazard.

Arsenal

Eden Hazard goal vs Arsenal Europa Cup final May19

First up, would Hazard be tempted to follow former Real team-mate Martin Odegaard to north London?

His desire for Champions League soccer and his Chelsea links means both he and the Gunners fanbase would take some convincing, but there is a possibility that a deal could be struck.

Arsenal do mix and match their formation, but maintain the same pairing of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka on the attacking wings. Hazard would have his work cut out to displace one of them, but if he can regain his best Chelsea form, he would far outpace both.

While his trickery out wide means he could be useful in gaining Arsenal set-piece situations, an area in which they are strong, Mikel Arteta may also be tempted to try him as a central striker given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's recent struggles. File this one under 'unlikely, but not impossible'.

Chelsea

If not the red part of London, perhaps a return to being a Blue might be on the cards? Hazard would most certainly be welcomed back at the club where he spent seven years and made 352 appearances, in the process winning two Premier League and two Europa League titles alongside a whole host of individual accolades.

He would have to adapt his game to slot back into Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea line-up, with the German's preferred 3-4-2-1 meaning a spot on the wing high up is not available. There is, however, a home for him in the middle, playing as one of two attacking midfielders just behind the lone striker.

While it may not be Hazard's ideal position, it is a role he's filled at Real, and so it shouldn't be too difficult for a top coach like Tuchel to fine-tune him. The lure of the past good times he enjoyed at the Bridge may end up being too great to resist.

Inter Milan

Eden Hazard Real Madrid vs Inter Milan Dec21

If Hazard wasn't to return to London, is there a chance he could instead stay close to the Mediterranean and opt for Italy?

Inter Milan's financial woes have been well-documented, with the departure of manager Antonio Conte and the forced sales of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, among others, in the summer, so a cut-price Hazard could be just what they are looking for.

Simone Inzaghi came in for Conte and he has stuck with his compatriot's well-known back three, opting for a straight 3-5-2 with advanced wingers. That could be perfect for Hazard, who would add considerable quality in the wide areas, and occasionally provide a bit of competition to strikers Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko.

Inter still have a chance of retaining their title, as they battle it out at the top with city rivals AC, alongside Napoli and Atalanta. With another Champions League campaign on the cards for Inter, Hazard may have an attractive option in front of him.

Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri Juventus Dec21

If not the Nerazzurri, could he plump for Turin and another of old Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo's former stomping grounds? Serie A has undergone a sea change in the last two years, and the Old Lady are no longer the dominant force. Hazard could be the talisman they need to get back to the top.

Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is hugely respected both in Italy and across the continent, so he could be a deciding factor for Hazard who would fit into Allegri's 4-4-2 as the left-winger, his ideal position.

This one would largely come down to what Juventus would be willing to offer Real for Hazard, because - with the exception of Chelsea - they are one of the bigger guns on this list. Despite the departure of Ronaldo over the summer, they still have plenty of talent to play alongside Hazard, who would no doubt be quite enamoured by the possibility of a move to Turin.

Newcastle United

Eden Hazard Chelsea vs Newcastle Aug18

Perhaps newly-minted Newcastle may tempt Hazard to the north-east? He would certainly fulfil the new owners' desire for top-level talent, while not actually costing them the earth, so this one might make sense - provided, of course, that they stay in the top flight.

Assuming survival can be secured, Eddie Howe will be steeling himself to bring in a multitude of new names. Howe has utilised 4-4-2 in his short time at St James' Park, and were that to continue, Hazard could easily slot in on the left side, or further up as one of the strikers.

Money would naturally be no object for the Magpies - how times have changed now we're saying that - so it's not far from the realms of possibility that we could see Hazard signing a bumper contract and being among the first of Newcastle's own 'Galacticos'.

West Ham

Eden Hazard Declan Rice West Ham vs Chelsea Apr19

Three years ago, suggesting the idea of Hazard being a Hammer one day would have got you laughed out of the London Stadium, but why not now? David Moyes has them resurgent and once more chasing a Champions League spot, and while Hazard may face the same caveats as if he was to go to Arsenal, the challenge might enthuse him.

Moyes sets his team out in a 4-2-3-1, which would allow Hazard to play in several positions he knows relatively well, including his preferred spot towards the left flank. The thought of an in-form Jarrod Bowen and Hazard tearing up the wings in tandem is one to excite even the most pessimistic of Irons fans.

If West Ham do manage to make it into Europe's elite competition, suddenly there are far fewer limits on what the future holds for them. They would be newly flush with an extra chunk of cash, and would be a fashionable, attractive team. Hazard may well want a piece of that action.

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