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.”
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.