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Real Madrid’s Hazard linked with summer Borussia Dortmund move

Eden Hazard, who could leave Real Madrid this summer after an injury-plagued spell in LaLiga, has been tipped for a switch to Bundesliga club Dortmund.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2022 Real Madrid's Belgian forward Eden Hazard (R) reacts as Elche's players (L) celebrate after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Elche CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. - Eden Hazard has undergone another operation on his troublesome right ankle, Real Madrid confirmed on March 29, 2022. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

Eden Hazard could be in his final months as a Real Madrid player.

Hazard, who recently underwent an operation on his right fibula, has endured a disappointing, injury-hit time at the Bernabéu since signing for Los Blancos in 2019. And as he recovers from surgery, there are growing rumours over potential summer suitors for the Belgium forward.

A number of English clubs linked with Hazard

Currently, several Premier League clubs are said to be interested in his services. One is Chelsea, the team he left for Madrid. Another is Arsenal, although a move to the Gunners appears to be unlikely. Newcastle United are also interested in taking the 31-year-old back to England, as the Magpies look to build a star-studded squad following their Saudi takeover.

Hazard tipped to join brother in Dortmund

Outside the Premier League, meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are also believed to be in the running to snap up Hazard. According to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Dortmund are a major contender for the forward’s signature, with the presence of the player’s brother, Thorgan Hazard, at the Bundesliga club a key factor working in the Germans’ favour.

Furthermore, Madrid president Florentino Pérez has a close relationship with Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, which could facilitate a Hazard move to Signal Iduna Park. A deal for the Belgian would be kept separate from any Madrid swoop for Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, however.

Real Madrid keen to free up space on wage bill

Hazard is under contract at Madrid until 2024, but given his underwhelming performances for the club so far, the 13-time European champions would prefer to offload the player in the summer to help lighten their wage bill as they prepare to strengthen their squad for next season.

In addition to eyeing a move for Haaland, Madrid have made PSG striker Kylian Mbappé their chief target, and may also bring in one or two further players.