Roman Abramovich ‘ready to pull the plug on Eden Hazard’s return to Chelsea after he left with Real Madrid due to his pursuit of Antonio Rudiger’, as the defender approaches a free move to the Bernabeu
- Eden Hazard has been linked with a return to Chelsea in recent months
- Roman Abramovich is said to be keen on the idea of Hazard returning
- But the Blues owner is angry at Real Madrid for targeting Antonio Rudiger
- He could turn down a deal with Real for Hazard if they get a free deal for Rudiger
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is angry at Real Madrid for pursuing Antonio Rudiger and could now pull out any potential deal to bring Eden Hazard back to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Spain.
Rudiger, 28, is set to enter the final six months of his current contract at the Blues and does not appear to be close to extending his contract.
As a result, the German central defender will be able to secure a free move abroad at the turn of the year – and he has already entered preliminary talks with Madrid.
Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, angry at Real Madrid for pursuing Antonio Rudiger
Madrid are in talks to sign Rudiger, which means Abramovich can now turn down the Eden Hazard deal
The Spanish giants are understood to have had discussions with his brother and agent Sahar Senesi in recent weeks, with the two parties reaching an informal agreement.
According to El Nacional, Real Madrid’s pursuit of Rudiger did not go well with Abramovich, who is ready to withdraw from negotiations over Hazard as a result.
It is believed that he has been enjoying the idea of the Chelsea legend’s emotional comeback as of late, which has been music to Florentino Perez’s ears as they resented him moving forward so quickly.
Hazard has failed to live up to expectations since securing a £130m transfer to the Bernabeu in 2019, largely as a result of injury.
Hazard’s spell at Madrid has been dogged by injury since he netted a £130m transfer from Chelsea
With the midway approaching of his third season in Real Madrid’s colors, he only played 40 La Liga matches with the club.
Despite his struggles, Abramovich seemed keen to bring Hazard, who has scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea, to West London sometime next year.
However, if Real Madrid manage to lure Rudiger to the Spanish capital, the Blues leader may decide to reject Hazard’s deal though.
Abramovich is also understood to be unhappy with Rudiger himself, with the defender not signing an extension after receiving more lucrative offers from Madrid and Bayern Munich.