LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)-Eden Hazard has dispelled rumors that he is ready to call it quit in football, as rumors of a transfer to MLS after his Real Madrid departure circulate.
After a terrible season in La Liga during which he gained unwelcome flop status due to a lack of playing time and fitness, the veteran forward agreed to a mutual termination of his contract at Santiago Bernabeu a year early.
The 32-year-old is certain that he can continue playing at the club level into the upcoming season despite these challenges.
“My future? Honestly, I don’t know yet,” Hazard disclosed to RTBF following a send-off during Belgium’s 1-1 draw in a Euro 2024 qualifier with Austria on Saturday.
“After three complicated years, I just want to spend time with my family, go on vacation. We’ll see. I still feel capable of being a professional footballer, but at the same time, I’ve been resting for two or three years. I still have a bit of energy!”
After deciding to stop representing his country after the 2022 World Cup, Hazard was given a hero’s send-off in Brussels this past weekend, but it does not change the fact that the former Chelsea player’s time in Madrid will be remembered as one of the team’s worst acquisitions ever.
Jude Bellingham has already been acquired by Los Blancos for €103 million (£88 million/$110 million) as a result of his leaving.
Hazard will have little trouble finding admirers if he decides to continue playing locally.
The forward, who has been linked to the Vancouver Whitecaps, might follow in Lionel Messi’s footsteps and make the move to the Major League Soccer, yet a possible return to Belgium might also be a seductive alternative.