Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea defender Reece James and could offer Eden Hazard in return.
James has been in superb form for the Blues so far this season – establishing himself as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, with his attacking play in particular catching the eye.
The 22-year-old has predominantly played as a right wing-back under Thomas Tuchel and so far this season in the league, he has registered five assists and scored an impressive four goals.
So it comes as no surprise that one of the world’s biggest clubs in Real Madrid are being credited with an interest in the England international.
According to Spanish news outlet El Nacional, James is wanted by Los Blancos, who could offer former Chelsea winger Hazard in exchange for his services.
However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, while wanting the return of Hazard, will not allow any of his current batch of players to leave in exchange for the Belgian.
Hazard has struggled at Real Madrid since making the £103.5million switch from Stamford Bridge to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019, with the 30-year-old’s time in the Spanish capital being marred by consistent injury problems.
The Belgium international still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with Madrid, but could be offloaded in the coming transfer windows by the Spanish outfit.
What’s Hazard said?
After the Champions League quarter-final last season, which ended in Chelsea beating Real Madrid over two legs, the aftermath was dominated by Hazard being pictured hugging his former team-mates with a smile on his face.
This angered some sections of the Madrid fan base and the Spanish media were speculating over his future in the capital.
However, the former Blues star issued an apology on his Instagram page for the way he reacted to his team being dumped out of the Champions League and insisted he was happy in Spain.
He wrote this on his Instagram story: “I am sorry. I have read lots of opinions about me today and it was not my intention to offend the Real Madrid fans.
“It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win. The season is not over and together we must battle for La Liga! Hala Madrid!”
What’s James said?
While James has not addressed his future at Chelsea directly, the England defender has already revealed how it was a “dream come true” to be representing his boyhood club on a regular basis
Speaking in September 2019, he said: “Just to play my first game here at the Bridge, in front of all the fans, that was probably the best occasion. Obviously, it’s a dream come true.
“I have played for this club since I was seven-years-old and it is always what I wanted. I had played in front of a few crowds before, but nothing like a full Stamford Bridge.”