Eden Hazard was seen laughing with his former Chelsea teammates after Real Madrid were knocked out by the Blues on Wednesday night.
That action prompted outrage in the Spanish press, as some perceived his light-heartedness as an insult to the club he currently represents. It even sent one journalist into a wild frenzy, so much so that his angry rant went viral on social media.
Whilst the moment infuriated the hierarchy and fanbase at Real Madrid, Chelsea fans were delighted to see him smiling again at the ground he spent seven years performing on.
That incident, alongside the fact that his spell at Madrid hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far, has renewed fan hope that Hazard and Chelsea may yet be reunited.
So, what’s the latest on a potential move for their former star?
Real Madrid confirm Hazard transfer stance
According to Spanish outlet ABC, Madrid were already growing tired of the frontman and his apparent lack of professionalism before his post-match joke with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.
They report that the LaLiga giants are willing to let Hazard go for a fee in the region of €50million (£43.4million).
However, ABC have also said that it is too early to assume what is going to happen, especially if Hazard refuses to leave the club. His contract, which is costing Madrid €26million per annum, runs until 2024, and they will give him another season to show his quality if he chooses to stay.
Hazard apologises for what happened at full time
It took him nearly 24 hours to publicly speak out after so much criticism, but Hazard did eventually apologise to Madrid fans for his actions.
In a post on his Instagram story, he said: “I am sorry. I have read lots of opinions about me today and it was not my intention to offend the Real Madrid fans.
“It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win,” he continued. “The season is not over and together we must now battle for La Liga! Hala Madrid.”
We’ll have to wait and see whether the reaction has impacted how he feels about staying at the club.
Fans plea for the Belgian to ‘come home’
During his time with Los Blancos, the 30-year-old has struggled with game time, primarily because of reoccurring injury problems. He has featured just 18 times in all competitions this season, but even when he has played, he’s looked a shadow of his former self.
Chelsea fans don’t want to see him tarnish his footballing reputation, and many would love nothing more than for him to showcase his talent in Chelsea blue once again.
That prospect is understandably exciting for most, particularly as the beloved star won six major honours, including two Premier League titles at the club.
Sadly for them however, this saga is just getting started.
Source by Football London