Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappé has reportedly been reignited, with their chances of signing Chelsea’s Eden Hazard dealt a major blow after he fractured his ankle.
According to the Standard, The La Liga title-winners and Champions League retainers have withdraw interest for Hazard after the Chelsea player picked up the injury while training with the Belgium national team.
Hazard’s foot became stuck in the turf whilst striking to shoot. No other player was involved but his absence for the coming months means it’s unlikely he’ll leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
As a consequence, Real have turned their attention back onto Monaco’s teenage wonderkid Kylian Mbappé, whose future is still uncertain with speculation tirelessly linking him with a move to many of Europe’s top sides.
Arsenal had a £87m bid rejected by the Ligue 1 champions and despite since increasing their efforts, Florentino Perez is eager to persuade the Frenchman to join Real’s revolution in Spain.
Reports have said that Real are prepared to increase their offer, which would then be worth €135m. However, the same source has suggested he himself is prepared to sign a new contract extension which would end speculation in the short-term about his future.
Mbappé has already stressed the importance of playing regularly, wherever he does decide to feature next season and beyond.
Given the way that some of Real’s stars have been treated in recent seasons, it’s unlikely to give the 18-year-old much confidence that history wouldn’t repeat itself should he move to the Santiago Bernabeu.