Cristiano Ronaldo has threatened to leave Real Madrid if they don’t listen to his transfer plans, according to sensational reports in Spain.
Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez is already planning to spend big in the transfer window and has promised Zinedine Zidane he’ll get his top targets. They are facing a crucial period on the pitch but attention is already turning to the transfer window.
One of the Frenchman’s priority signings this summer is Chelsea star Eden Hazard. But Hazard’s potential arrival at the Bernabeu may not be to the liking of Cristiano Ronaldo. Spanish publication Diario Gol claim the Portuguese superstar doesn’t want the winger, or Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, to join him in the Spanish capital.
The report also claims Ronaldo has told Perez of his transfer wishes and will even consider leaving the club if Hazard or Griezmann arrive. However, one player Ronaldo is keen to work with is Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva. Ronaldo, who has played with Silva for Portugal, is hoping Perez will work on a deal to try and prise him away from the French outfit.
As for the Hazard deal, nothing is close to being done and the deal will not be easy to pull off, but Madrid hope to free up space in their squad not so much by selling Isco, who could renew his contract, but by selling James Rodriguez. In any case, it’s easy to see why they are so keen on Hazard.
The Belgian has been the inspiration behind Chelsea’s title charge under Antonio Conte. He has returned to his brilliant best after a difficult season last year.
Madrid are not short of attacking talent, but this is how Florentino Perez’s business model works. Buy the best players, then ask the coach to find a way to use them.
Hazard’s numbers over the last four seasons do not quite match up to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema’s.
But Zinedine Zidane is already working on a plan to accommodate Hazard. The idea is for Ronaldo to play as Madrid’s No 9, which would allow the Belgian to line up in his favoured position on the left flank or even play as the No 10.
That would also fit Benzema, as he likes to move around and links well with other players who do exactly that, so Madrid are confident they could keep all of their forwards happy.
One of his best attributes is undoubtedly his dribbling ability. Hazard’s ability to beat a man frequently makes the difference for Chelsea. Take his brilliant solo goal against Arsenal two months ago. He easily gets past Francis Coquelin, then turns Laurent Koscielny inside out before finishing past Petr Cech. It is easy to imagine him doing the same for a Madrid side that prefers to counterattack. Hazard would thrive with that space.