File this rumor under “unlikely to happen, but if it did, it would be awesome” as numerous reports suggest that Real Madrid is ready to offload Gareth Bale this summer in a bid to lure Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale, 25, has come under plenty of criticism from Real’s fans this season and has even been booed during matches as the Welshman continues to have an up and down time in the Spanish capital following his world-record $130 million move from Tottenham Hotspur in Sept. 2013.
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As for Hazard, 24, the Belgian winger was just named the PFA Premier League Player of the Season and is days away from helping Chelsea clinch the PL title.
Hazard has been influential in Chelsea’s success as his 13 goals and eight assists doesn’t tell the whole story. He is the most fouled played in the PL, has created the most chances and has attempted the most dribbles on his way to terrorizing opposition defenders.
Quite why Chelsea would be willing to part ways with him at the peak of his powers is baffling, even if Bale is being used as bait.
Adding to all of the intrigue is the fact that Hazard only signed a new long-term contract in February and has committed his future to the Blues. However, if Real come calling and want Hazard to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s new heir as Bale’s time at Real continues to be a turbulent one, perhaps Hazard may fancy a move to the reigning European champions.
With Jose Mourinho his number one fan and Hazard ruling the PL after a stunning season, what is going through Hazard’s head? Does he feel like he has achieved everything he can in England and needs a new challenge in Spain?
The world will watch on in intrigue as perhaps the biggest swap deal in soccer history makes more sense than we all think…