Eden Hazard wants to stay at Real Madrid, and says things will change after the FIFA World Cup
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has failed to live up to his formidable reputation following his impressive move from Chelsea to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019. Although Hazard has slipped down the pecking order in Los Blancos’ squad, the striker has made it through. He has no intention of leaving the club as he believes his fortunes at the Bernabéu will change after FIFA 2022 Globalism Glass.
Hazard arrived at Real Madrid for an initial fee of over €100m from Chelsea. However, over time, he proved to be one of the club’s worst signings in history. In nearly three-and-a-half years at Madrid, Hazard has scored just seven goals and provided 11 assists in 72 appearances in all competitions. His injuries kept him out for significant periods of his time in the Spanish capital.
He was not favored by former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and ignored by current coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach gave Hazard only a few minutes, often forcing him to start from the bench. The striker has played six matches in all competitions since the start of the current season, scoring just one goal and making an assist.
Despite his poor club performances, Belgium and Roberto Martínez kept faith in their superstar, and included him in Belgium’s 26-man squad for the FIFA World Cup. Hazard has single-handedly decided matches for the Red Devils in the past and his experience will be key for them in Qatar.
In a pre-World Cup press conference, Hazard said he respected Ancelotti’s decision to drop him for the first 11 matches and added that it was his responsibility to prove his worth to his manager.
“I don’t want to leave Real Madrid. Maybe my situation will change after the World Cup. I want to play but the coach makes his decisions. I accept, but I want to show him that I deserve to play more. When you don’t play it’s difficult,” said Hazard.
Hazard has nearly two years left on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his poor form, injury concerns and age make Los Blancos unlikely to extend his contract. The former Chelsea man can revive his career if he can deliver important performances for his nation on football’s biggest stage. He has been vital support for Belgium in the past decade and he will look forward to leading his country to their first ever FIFA World Cup title.
Belgium were drawn into Group F, along with last year’s finalists Croatia, Mexico and Canada. Martinez and his men have performed well in international tournaments but have not been able to move forward. Hazard and his co-workers will want to light up Qatar’s night sky when they start their World Cup campaign against the Canadians on November 23.
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