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Real Madrid scrap plans to sign Chelsea star

Real Madrid have scrapped their plan to try to lure Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu according to reports in Spain.

The Spanish champions have a long held interest in the Belgian, with manager Zinedine Zidane known to be a huge admirer. He has often been touted as a potential replacement for Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, with both having being linked to leaving the club in recent months.

However, according to Marca, Real Madrid chiefs have abandoned their plans to make a move for Hazard. It is claimed that rather than splashing in excess of £100m on a player in his prime, they will give youngster Marco Asensio his chance to shine on a more regular basis.

The 21-year-old started the season in stunning form, scoring two absolute crackers in either leg of the Spanish Super Cup, but has since been restricted to just nine starts in La Liga this season, with a further five appearances coming off the bench.

He his reportedly growing frustrated at his lack of game time and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, although he has recently signed a new deal with a £500m release clause which would make any potential move extremely expensive.

However, it looks as if Los Blancos could now put their faith in the talented youngster in a bid to keep him at the club.

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