Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would not stand in the way of Eden Hazard if he pushed for a return to Chelsea this summer, according to reports. Hazard has endured two nightmare seasons with Real and is reportedly keen on sealing a transfer back to his former club.
The Belgian has struggled with injuries since he joined the club from Chelsea in June 2019 for a fee which could exceed £150million over his five-year contract.
The 30-year-old attacker has made just 21 starts for Real, who have not received much return on their huge investment.
Hazard made 20 appearances across all competitions this season, only 11 of which were starts, and contributed just four goals and two assists.
Los Blancos look set for a rebuild this summer after Zinedine Zidane’s side finished second in La Liga, two points behind rivals Atletico Madrid, and lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Real have been linked with big-money moves for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, but to do so they would need to sell some of their unwanted players.
One of those departures could be Hazard, with El Chiringuito claiming that he wants to return to Chelsea where he enjoyed a hugely successful seven years.
Hazard racked up 110 goals and 92 assists in seven years with the Blues, winning the Premier League and Europa League twice, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup.
According to Marca, that eventuality would not be a problem for the influential Perez, who would be happy to offload one of his highest-paid players, who is currently tied to a contract until 2024.
Like many of Europe’s biggest clubs, Real have been heavily impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning money could be tighter than usual this summer.
Earlier this year it was revealed that the Spanish giants had racked up a gross total debt figure of £778m (€901m), with the net debt of £306m (€355m).
Real could therefore be keen to sell Hazard, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos and Luka Jovic to raise the funds required to reinvest in their squad.
Los Blancos have an ageing squad, with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos all entering the twilight of their careers.
Whether Chelsea would be interested in re-signing Hazard is unclear, although the Blues are in the market for a striker.
Chelsea have improved under Thomas Tuchel, but lack a goalscorer, with midfielder Jorginho finishing as their top scorer in the Premier League with seven penalties.
Tammy Abraham has been linked with a £40m move away from Stamford Bridge, while Olivier Giroud is also expected to leave.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Tottenham striker Harry Kane, while they have also been linked with Haaland and Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku.