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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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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.

The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.

And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.

Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.

As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.

The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.

However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.

Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.

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