Fabrizio Romano reveals what he's heard about Eden Hazard and Chelsea amid rumours of shock return
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Fabrizio Romano has addressed rumours linking Eden Hazard with a sensational return to Chelsea amid reports that the 32-year-old could retire from football all-together.
The Belgium international scored just seven goals in 76 appearances for the Spanish giants in a move that is widely considered to have stunted an otherwise excellent career.
Crystal Place also reportedly attempted to sign Hazard as a replacement for Wilfried Zaha, who joined Turkish giants Galatasaray over the summer.
Meanwhile, he has been linked with an emotional return to Chelsea after he was spotted visiting Stamford Bridge in August.
However, transfer expert Romano has rubbished claims that Hazard could return to west London, branding the rumours 'untrue'.
“There’s a lot being speculated about Eden Hazard, who remains a free agent, but at the moment I’m not aware of anything concrete," Romano said in his column for CaughtOffside.
"There are a lot of rumours, but nothing advanced, because at the moment Hazard is still discussing with his family and those close to him about retirement.
“Retirement for Hazard is a concrete possibility, but it’s not a final decision yet, and I think when we talk about a big decision like this for an important player like Hazard, I like to be respectful. It’s the player who has to decide and communicate, not for me or other journalists in general."
🗣️ Eden Hazard on his future: “Little by little, it is time to enjoy life with my family and friends. Drinking a few Jupiler beers." pic.twitter.com/zZFzB1Tg4B— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 7, 2023
The Italian added: “For sure he’s considering retirement, but let’s see what he will decide, and I can say that all the rumours about Belgian clubs, or a return to Chelsea or other clubs, none of this was concrete or true.”