Eden Hazard is expected to stay at Real Madrid next season, according to head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The Belgium international has endured a frustrating time since arriving in Spain three years ago, leaving Chelsea for a fee of around £100m.
Injuries and lack of fitness have hampered his chances of truly proving himself as a star man at the Bernabeu, with the 31-year-old making just 65 appearances in his three years at the club.
With just nine starts to his name this season, Hazard had been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Newcastle, but according to Ancelotti he’s not going anywhere.
The experienced coach said: “His plan is quite clear: he stays and he does it with a lot of motivation because he has had some difficult times in recent years.
“He wants to show his quality. Hazard’s plans are pretty clear. He stays next year.
When asked if Hazard will get more chances and minutes next season, Ancelotti replied: “I think so.
“There are a lot of games, there is fatigue, there will be rotations even if this season there have not been so many. Everyone can have their chance.
“A starting place at a big club is difficult for everyone, not just for players who play less. I continue to be of the opinion that the quantity of minutes is not as important as the quality.
“This year we have the clear example of Rodrygo, who didn’t play many minutes but played quality minutes and made the difference.”
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