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Carlo Ancelotti has refused to rule out the potential for Eden Hazard to leave Real Madrid in the January transfer window. There have been plenty of rumours that Hazard might end his disappointing spell with the Spanish outfit to return to Chelsea in January. Since his £100 million switch to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019, the Belgian has been able to feature in just 54 matches for Madrid – a far cry from his 350+ appearances for Chelsea in a span of seven seasons.
Hazard has been hit by a string of injury problems that have demolished his market value and has put serious strain on the wage bill at Madrid. Even though Hazard’s contract does not end until the summer of 2024, there have been strong rumours about Hazard departing the Santiago Bernabeu – even if it is for a short-term – to try and rediscover his former glory. According to Goal.com, Ancelotti said: “I don't like January signings much. If we have players who aren't happy, it's something we can think about but we are not going to sign anyone. We have enough to compete until the end of the season.”
Ancelotti is preparing for the arrival of Kylian Mbappe and Madrid came close to signing him for around £170 million in the summer. Thanks to PSG’s refusal to sell him even for this mega buck offer, Madrid will be able to sign the player for free in the summer. This will call for some wage bill to be opened up in the squad. Isco and Hazard are the front-runners to leave the club in January.
Signed from Malaga in 2013, Isco has been going through a steady decline over the last few years. After having played an immense contribution to Real Madrid’s successes over the years, the time might have come for the 29-year-old to seek for pastures new. His contract runs out in the summer and it is very unlikely that Madrid will give him a new deal. Despite rumours about an exit, Ancelotti did confirm that Hazard could return for the game against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.