Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has ruled out a move for Belgium winger Eden Hazard as he has settled on Isco as the man to replace Ronaldo.
Madrid based publication AS is claiming that new Los Blancos manager Lopetegui has settled on Spain international Isco as the man to replace Ronaldo meaning their interest in Chelsea midfielder Hazard is no longer being considered.
With Isco playing a key role in Lopetegui’s Spain side during their run to the World Cup finals, it seems only fair that the former Spanish manager will be putting his faith in the core Spanish players in his first season at the Bernabeu.
Isco played a bit part role under former manager Zinedine Zidane, but he is expected to play a key role in Lopetegui’s new system at Real.
Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Eden Hazard but have now opted to save their cash. Buying Hazard would have expected to cost the club in excess of €100m, almost the total fee they received for Ronaldo.
The news comes as a major boost to Chelsea fans and new manager Maurizio Sarri who is expected to hand Hazard the captains armband for the coming season.
Hazard who is currently on a break after starring in this summers World Cup for Belgium is expected back for pre-season training at the end of the week.
The player himself had been rumoured to be dreaming of a move to Real Madrid. It now seems he will be staying on at Stamford Bridge to help Sarri bring the Blues back to the top of the Premier League table.
Chelsea finished outside the top four last season missing out on Champions League football. The last two times that has happened the Blues have gone onto win the Premier League.