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Eden Hazard talks Ancelotti, Zidane, Florentino Perez, and Real Madrid future

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Eden Hazard has admitted that he is not happy with his current situation at Real Madrid, saying that he counts his performance and injuries as a failure.

Hazard had vouched to resurrect his Real Madrid career ahead of the ongoing season and while he did get a few minutes early in the campaign, his presence has dried out over the course of the tenure.

Interestingly enough, his last appearance for Real Madrid came back in October in a 2-3 defeat at hands of RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League where he clocked a mere 14 minutes.

Speaking about his situation in an interview with L’Equipe (h/t AS), Hazard she light on several aspects, including his relationship with manager Carlo Ancelotti where he said that he does not talk much with the man in charge.

“At Chelsea, he had always been the best. At Real I had good games with Zinedine Zidane, we talked when he left. He was sad for me because it didn’t turn out the way he expected,” said the winger. 

“With Carlo, I don’t talk much. Once five minutes at the beginning of the season. But I never talked much with a coach. I am not one of those who go to see a coach and tell him that he has to do this or that,” he added.

When asked about his performances and injuries, he said, “Of course, I experienced it as a failure. There were many injuries, the covid. I never got to show what I could do. It was difficult to understand why. 

“Later, I had to go back to the time of the confinement. This is the heart of the problem. I couldn’t get back to full fitness and prolonged that until I had surgery on my right ankle last year.”

Talking about his recovery, the winger added, “In Spain, the confinement was strict. Personally, I lived it very well. But not physically. But I worked alone at home while coming out of a big operation. 

“We couldn’t get to the training centre. No one came home, neither a physiotherapist nor a physical trainer. I did my rehab on my own. When I came back, I forced myself and hurt myself again.”

The Belgian also said that he does not want to blame anyone for his current situation and although he plays less, he trains all the time.

“I am not going to blame anyone else. It would be too easy. I couldn’t have surgery. I accepted the situation and recovered. In the 3rd season, I started with a good first sixty minutes under the orders of Carlo Ancelotti. 

“Then one or two bad matches and I got hurt again. At the end of the season, an ankle infection allowed me to have surgery (in March). Now, I play less, but I train all the time. It’s not like I don’t have anything either,” he added.

Furthermore, the player also made peace with the fact that he can no longer match his previous level. “To be honest, the level of 2018 I no longer have it. I don’t show it, but I suffered too much, mentally and physically. I’m not ashamed to say it. 

“In 2018, it was maybe in the top ten in the world. Am I going back to that? I don’t think so. But if my body allows it, I can still do great things. I have less explosiveness but that goes hand in hand with age. 

“Being injured triggers a form of fear. I am a player who likes to mess around. Few players took the ball from me. I keep the same technique but I lost confidence. 

“If you don’t play for three years, even with all the talent in the world, the lack of rhythm is detrimental. In the last two matches with the national team (Nations League), I didn’t miss the opportunity,” he explained.

Lastly, the 31-year-old concluded by saying that despite all the on-field troubles, he has a good relationship with Florentino Perez.

“I always had a good relationship with him. For him, it’s complicated. He sees that I get along with everyone. The players and the staff love me. I have great respect for him. If he tells me tomorrow that it is difficult, I accept it, I understand it.”

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Wife of Real Madrid star hints on potential continuity amidst exit rumours: “We love Spain very much”

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Anastasia Tamazova, the wife of Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, has shared insights about her life with the footballer. 

In this conversation, she opened up about their experiences living in Spain and her husband’s potential future moves.

Anastasia expressed her deep affection for Spain, mentioning how welcomed and comfortable both she and Lunin feel in the country. 

She emphasised their love for the place, but also made it clear that if Lunin needs to move to another country for his career, she will fully support him and follow him wherever he needs to go.

“We love Spain very much, the people here are very friendly and we feel very welcomed and comfortable,” said Tamazova as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“But if my husband has to leave this country, then of course I will support him and we will go wherever necessary.”

What does the future hold for Lunin?

Andriy Lunin is tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation about Lunin’s future at Real Madrid and recent reports have suggested that the keeper was disappointed when the team’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, chose not to play him in the Champions League final, even though Lunin had anticipated this decision. 

With the return of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin’s chances of being the main goalkeeper have significantly decreased. 

This situation has led him to consider a possible move this summer, with interest from several big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus.

It is said that despite the uncertainty, the final decision rests with Lunin. Real Madrid have expressed their desire to keep him and have offered him a contract extension until 2029

Although Lunin seemed ready to sign the new contract, the events surrounding the Champions League final have caused him to reconsider his options. The choice of Courtois over him has planted seeds of doubt about his future with the club.

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