Eden Hazard has landed a brutal dig at Newcastle United after snubbing a transfer to the Tyneside club with Real Madrid keen to flog the Belgian for a nominal fee in January
Eden Hazard’s brutal one-word assessment of Newcastle United will infuriate Toon fans with the Belgian ace reportedly claiming he would only leave Real Madrid for a “big” club.
An £89m signing from Chelsea back in 2019, the 31-year-old has failed to light up the Santiago Bernabeu in the same way he did at Stamford Bridge and Los Blancos are keen to shift him on this month.
Hazard was seen as one of the best players in the Premier League when making the move to the Spanish capital but the former Blues wideman has failed to score in his 16 outings this season.
Poor form and a lack of game time have seen Real Madrid opt to flog the Belgian for a nominal fee, in the attempt to remove his eye-watering £416,000-a-week salary from the wage bill.
Premier League strugglers Newcastle United had a bid accepted of €40m (£33.4m) by the La Ligagiants, only for Hazard to snub a move back to England.
In a report by Spanish outlet El Nacional, the four-time Chelsea Player of the Year claimed he would only leave Madrid for a “big” club, such as his former employers.
That remark is likely to anger Magpies fans who see their club as one of the country’s most established football clubs.
Newcastle have been crowned champions of English football on four occasions and also boast six FA Cup trophies, despite failing to win a major honour in the last 50 years.
Toon fans blame that dreadful statistic, in large part, to Mike Ashley who they claim woefully under-invested during his 14-year tenure.
Once a regular outfit in European football, Newcastle finished 13th in Ashley’s first season in charge before succumbing to relegation two years later.
Though bouncing back at the first time of asking, the Magpies would suffer the same fate in the 2015/16 season and have mainly been involved in relegation scraps since their return to the top-flight.
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But the £300m takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund is hoped to be the catalyst for a sharp rise back to the pinnacle of English football.
The new consortium has already proven they aren’t afraid to splash the cash with new signings Kieron Trippier and Chris Wood costing a combined total of £37m.
Though the Saudi-led ownership will have to look elsewhere for a creative outlet with Hazard making a firm stance against a move to Tyneside