Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Eden Hazard is free to leave Real Madrid and insisted that he has never forced a player to stay against their will.
Hazard has struggled since making the move from Chelsea and the £89m star has fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Ancelotti opting to choose Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo ahead of him.
He has lost his spot in the starting XI and has been linked with a move away, with Ancelotti insisting that he is free to leave if he wants to.
"Never in my career as a coach have I forced a player to stay when they want to leave," Ancelotti told reporters yesterday. "In my own personal opinion I don't have any doubts about that."
The 30-year-old has made just nine appearances and scored one goal so far this season, and Ancelotti added the Belgium international must accept the fact he has slipped down the pecking order.
"He has absolutely everything but he has to put up with the situation," Ancelotti told the Spanish media. "Right now he has a coach who prefers other players."
Hazard has been linked with a return to Chelsea while Newcastle United have also been rumoured to be interested in making a bid for the winger.