Belgian star Eden Hazard, who has been fighting for two years with Real Madrid to restore his level, still has the confidence of “Red Devils” coach Roberto Martinez, who considers that he “may finish his season well.”
“This is an unusual situation, we did not wait for things to turn out this way, but this is football,” the Spanish coach told Het Lasitte News.
“I noticed that he is doing well on the medical front, he is in good shape,” the Belgium coach continued.
But the echoes from Madrid are different. Hazard does not play almost, as he has been absent from the starting line-up of the Italian coach of Real Carlo Ancelotti since seven matches, and during his rare appearance, he presents normal levels that are very far from his artistic canvas.
Hazard arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, for 115 million euros from Chelsea, with a very difficult task on his shoulders: to compensate for the departure of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
He arrived in Madrid with excess weight and then was chased by injury after another, which put the management of the Royal Club in a state of confusion.
According to several Spanish media, there is no alternative to a divorce between the two parties, despite Ancelotti’s assurances about the Belgian’s future with the Whites.
“We have a good relationship with Real Madrid, we know he’s doing extra work to stay as fit as possible, Eden wants to give everything he can to reach the highest levels,” explains Martinez, in contrast to the Spanish press, which points to a lack of motivation in the playmaker.
The next two matches for Belgium against Estonia and Wales in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers may constitute a suitable opportunity for the former French Lille player to breathe a sigh of relief.
While his younger brother Thorgan shines with Borussia Dortmund, Eden will have more time with Belgium, in the absence of the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi and Yuri Tielemans.
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