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Real Madrid: Will Hazard follow Bale to MLS?

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The former Chelsea star has found it difficult to get enough game time at Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has ruled out a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) ahead of the next season.

Since joining the Blancos in 2019, Hazard has failed to live up to expectations at Real Madrid. A string of injuries hampered Hazard’s efforts to regain his best form.

However, even upon returning to Real Madrid’s squad, Hazard struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti.

Speculations around Hazard’s future have intensified since the start of the summer transfer window, with a few MLS sides showing interest in signing the Belgium international.

However, Hazard feels it’s still too soon for him to follow Gareth Bale, who joined LA FC earlier this summer. 

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“I don’t think about that much now. I’m just focused,” he told ESPN when asked about a possible transfer to MLS.

“It’s been three years [which have been] hard for me, so I’m just focused on this season. I still have a contract after two more years, and then we’ll see.

“In two years I’m going to be 33, so let’s see what can happen.”

He added: “It’s been a few seasons that I was not playing that much, so for me. I just want to show what I can do on the pitch – that’s my only target.

“When you play football, you just want to be on the pitch, and when you are out [of] the pitch… [You think] ‘What’s happened?’ because I was not injured before and so it was something new for me to be injured, so you have to learn.

“It’s a way to learn the way you have to do things, your body, you take care [of] in different ways, you work more with physios, this kind of thing. But it’s a good challenge now… I’m healthy, so I’m just ready to play.”