By Tim Stannard
Real Madrid may cut losses on Eden Hazard with Chelsea return, due to the return of Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu
When one of the most positive people on the planet, our Ray Hudson, is willing to call time on a player then it's time to take notice. And that's what Real Madrid might be doing with Eden Hazard.
On Thursday's Sports Burst live show, our Ray sadly declared that an unfortunate set of circumstances had lead to Eden Hazard being one of the "worst signings that Real Madrid have ever made", once news had broken that the Belgian forward was set to miss another month with a thigh injury this time.
Since arriving from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 for $126.5m as the best player in the Premier League at the time, Hazard has suffered more injuries for Real Madrid than appearances made. 20 starts in a Liga, for example, and just three goals to show for it.
This had let to rumors on Friday that Chelsea would pay $40 million this summer to Madrid to take the 30-year-old of the LaLiga's sides hands, and the chances are that Florentino Perez would accept it.
After all, a ghost of Real Madrid's past will likely to be returning in the summer with Gareth Bale back from a wholly uninspiring loan spell at Tottenham. The Welsh forward has made two starts for Mourinho in the EPL and Bale remained on the bench for Spurs' loss to Chelsea on Thursday, despite Harry Kane being injured. When asked about this by a journalist, the response from Mourinho was a cheerful - "good question, but you don’t deserve an answer."
Real Madrid will be facing life once again without Eden Hazard on Saturday - but hopefully with Sergio Ramos - as the team travels to bottom-of-the-table Huesca live on beIN SPORTS from 10:05AM ET.
Messi wants whole PSG business to go away
Lionel Messi did not get his wish to leave Barcelona last summer. Lionel Messi did not get his wish for Luis Suarez to stay last summer. And it's unlikely that Lionel Messi will get his wish that everyone stops talking about him moving to PSG next summer.
However, that ship appeals to have sailed already with daily quotes from current and former PSG players - hello Angel di Maria - urging Messi to move to Paris.
'Sport' reports that those within earshot of Messi say that the player will not be taking any kind of decision as to his future until at least the Barcelona elections at the beginning of March and has not had any kind of contact with PSG or Manchester City.
Instead, Mr Messi's mind now is focussed on chasing down Atletico Madrid in LaLiga, a team with a ten point lead in the standings and a match in hand. However, it's a side that has certainly had some bad news over the past seven days with four players out of action due to COVID-19 - Joao Feliz, Moussa Dembele, Mario Hermoso and Yannick Carrasco.
Barcelona will be traveling to Betis for the weekend's big game in LaLiga live on beIN SPORTS on Sunday from 2:30PM ET while Atletico Madrid have a Monday slot to themselves, live at 3PM ET.
The Sports Burst live show will be looking ahead at the weekend to come on our beIN SPORTS Facebook page at 12PM ET.
Ozil could have Gala performance on derby day
The weekend action on beIN SPORTS starts on Friday at 3PM ET with a relegation battle as Alaves host Valladolid. But outside of LaLiga there are some humdingers out there.
Saturday sees the Intercontinental Derby between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray which could see the starting debut of Mesut Ozil for the home team. That match is live - for absolutely free, no subscription required - on beIN XTRA at 11AM ET on Saturday.
There is a humdinger in France too with Le Classique between Marseille and Lyon. The home side are currently without a coach, after the suspension of Andre Villas-Boas, and have picked up just two points from the past 15 available in Ligue 1. Not looking great but a league double against PSG will certainly put a pep in the step.
PSG are in dogged pursuit - an unusual situation - of not one but two title rivals in the standings in form of Lille and Lyon. That game is live on beIN CONNECT on Sunday at 3PM ET.