A Premier League club’s clever move to sign Eden Hazard amid speculation about his impending retirement was revealed.
Eden Hazard reportedly had “legitimate” interest in returning to the Premier League in the summer, but after he declined the offer, a source said his retirement “would not surprise” them.
After moving to Real Madrid for more than £100 million in 2019, Hazard’s career took a wrong turn. At Chelsea, the winger enjoyed a tremendous career that saw him rise to the position of one of the best and most gifted players in Europe.
In 352 games with the Blues, Hazard directly contributed to 202 goals and twice won the Premier League. But he was unable to maintain this success with Real, scoring just three goals in a season at his best in Madrid.
The Belgian departed the La Liga giants as a free agent after four extremely disappointing seasons, albeit he wasn’t given much of an opportunity lately. He hasn’t joined another team, and at 32, the potential of retirement is quite real.
However, he did have the possibility to go on because Crystal Palace was one of the clubs who tried to get him back into the Premier League. Their interest was mentioned over the summer, and insider Dean Jones has recently verified it.
The incentive for him to make a comeback doesn’t seem to be there, he told GIVEMESPORT. “There have been several significant offers for him, even the Crystal Palace one for him to play again in the Premier League was a legitimate one.
Jones said that considering that Hazard did not play much during his final season with Real and has not been associated with a club since departing, it might be difficult for him to make a comeback.
It has been a while since he has played, so it might take him some time to play at the highest level. Jones continued, “He would have to work very hard to get back to top condition.”
“Since he is a free agent, clubs that have expressed interest in him have not been shut out, but this player is very self-assured, is not influenced by outside noise or behaviors, and will make the decision entirely on his own terms,” a source said.
Jones believes Hazard’s current lack of interest in joining a new team indicates the possibility of retirement is increasing.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Hazard decided to stop playing football right now, he added.
Even while it would be unfortunate to see a modern great hang up his cleats, his career’s last few seasons have not gone as expected, and even if he decides to hang up his boots, he still had a brilliant peak before things went south.