Eden Hazard must sign for a team that would “make him important” and Newcastle would be the “ideal” destination for the Real Madrid flop.

That is according to former Belgium star Marc Degryse, who believes Hazard needs a “new boost to his career” after his ill-fated spell at Madrid.

Hazard’s career at Madrid has been curtailed by various injuries since his initial £89m transfer from Chelsea in 2019.

The 30­-year-old Belgian winger, who is under contract with Madrid in 2024, has registered one assist in 10 La Liga appearances this season.

Hazard has been linked with a move to Newcastle after the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of the Premier League club.

Degryse has now urged his fellow countryman to leave Madrid and backed him to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

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“Hazard has to go to a team in January where they count on him, where they make him important,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws (via Sport Witness).

“Newcastle is ideal. All t he balls will go to him. If he can keep Newcastle in the Premier League, it could give a new boost to his career.”


Newcastle languish in 19th place — level on points with 20th-place Norwich City — and are five points adrift from Premier League safety.

Steve Bruce has been sacked as Newcastle manager and replaced by former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe under the Saudi-led owners of the club.

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The Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is chaired by Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, spearheaded the consortium that snapped up Newcastle.

Former Arsenal and Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere believes that Hazard “would love playing” under Howe at Newcastle.

“He was great with me [at Bournemouth] because it was tough for me there because I was coming from a big club,” he told talkSPORT.

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“I stepped into a group that had been together since they were in League One, they were all friends. They were all great with me, but Eddie made sure they were. He was great with me.

“Eden Hazard is another level, but I think Eden would love playing for a manager like Eddie Howe [at Newcastle]. He’s the type of manager you want to play for.

“I worked with him at a club that I see now are quite similar to Newcastle — not in terms of the size of the club, but in terms of the players.

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“Newcastle have got a few ex-Bournemouth players and that is what Eddie does, he gets the best out of those types of players, gets them going and he gets the fans on side.

“He’s a great manager. I think he deserves a chance. If he goes in and does really well, in a few years they could be pushing the top six, which I think he can do.

“When I played under him at Bournemouth, we arguably had a worse squad and we finished ninth, so he can definitely do that.

“It’s down to him when he gets that chance to take them to the next level.”

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