Having recently confessed a childhood dream to play for Real Madrid, the odds on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to join the Spanish giants have been slashed. Rumours that the Belgian might end his stay at Stamford Bridge intensified after the World Cup but while the attacking midfielder remains in West London for now, a switch to the Bernabeu may be imminent and the latest football transfer odds reflect that theory.
As soon as Hazard’s comments hit the headlines, Ladbrokes were quick to cut the player transfer odds on the Chelsea man moving to Real. There are other options with Paris Saint-Germain available at 5/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes while a move to Manchester City is quoted at 20/1 with the same two bookmakers. Real’s big rivals Barcelona are also quoted with both of those bookies rating their chances at 25/1.
Those prices relate to Real Madrid becoming Eden Hazard’s next permanent club but the bookies feel that he won’t make the jump just yet. In an alternative to this particular football transfer odds market, he is as short as 1/5 in places to remain at Stamford Bridge after the January transfer window.
Who’s really in the frame?
At first glance, the future of Eden Hazard may be one of the easiest to call and that is reflected in those latest football transfer odds that put him at 6/5 to join Real Madrid. Firstly, let’s consider the comments that he made that have led to all this fuss.
The player described Real as the ‘best club in the world’ and admitted that sometimes he wakes in the morning and wants to go while at other times he wants to stay where he is. It’s arguably the biggest ‘come and get me’ plea in the history of football and the press have been quick to follow it up.
The Spanish media have been particularly swift to react and have suggested that Real Madrid are considering their next move already and want to get in before the player signs a new contract at Chelsea.
As for other candidates, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Barcelona all have the money to attract a man who is likely to command a fee in excess of £100 million but given Hazard’s love for Real Madrid, do they have the same appeal? The player transfer odds are quite clear in this respect and it’s tough to disagree with them.
|Season||Premier League/La Liga||Domestic Cups||European Competition|
|2020/21:||2 goals in 1 appearances||0 goals in 0 appearances||3 goals in 1 appearances|
|2019/20:||16 goals in 1 appearances||2 goals in 4 appearances||6 goals in 0 appearances|
|2018/19:||37 goals in 16 appearances||2 goals in 0 appearances||8 goals in 2 appearances|
|2017/18:||34 goals in 12 appearances||5 goals in 1 appearances||8 goals in 3 appearances|
|2016/17:||36 goals in 16 appearances||4 Goal in 1 appearances||Did not Appear|
|2015/16:||31 goals in 4 appearances||2 Goals in 2 appearances||8 Goals in 0 appearances|
|2014/15:||38 goals in 14 appearancess||1 goals in 0 appearances||2 goals in 7 appearances|
Ahead of Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid, we correctly tipped a switch to the Bernabeu although it wasn’t too much of a surprise when the transfer was confirmed. A year on from that deal, the markets are currently quiet and that’s largely due to the fact that the Belgian midfielder signed a five year contract that would take him through to June 2024.
Hazard would be 33 when that deal comes to an end and that’s the time that many of the top footballers start to think about a change of focus. One final big money transfer to China or the MLS in the United States are among the suggestions but will this apply to the current Real Madrid man?
Hazard’s first season in Spain was hit by injuries to the extent that he only featured in 16 La Liga matches and 22 games overall. In that time, the Belgian scored just one goal and clearly that’s significantly down on his returns with Chelsea and Lille.
Real Madrid’s owners are not renowned for their patience so the player will have a point to prove in 2020/21 and beyond. If that modest return were to continue, it could be the case that Hazard is offloaded some way in advance of his contract coming to an end.
In his late 20s and early 30s, Eden Hazard would surely want to show that he can still compete in the biggest leagues across the world. There would be no shortage of interest for Premier League sides and his old club Chelsea may well look to make a move. Other big names including the two Manchester clubs would also be linked.
It is, therefore, a little surprising that no markets are open as 2020 draws to a close but transfer betting for Eden Hazard will surely appear before too long and, when it does, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest prices.
- Real Madrid to be Eden Hazard’s next permanent club at 6/5 with Ladbrokes