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Hazard shuts down criticism over his starting spot: “I haven’t become useless”

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Eden Hazard’s stocks have dropped significantly over the last two years, along with his game-time, contributions, and market value.

The Belgian winger currently almost exclusively warms the bench for Real Madrid, behind Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde, and Marco Asensio in the pecking order.

Despite playing only three games in the league this season, Hazard has been called up to the Belgian national team for the World Cup.

There have been doubts over his starting place in the team, both for club and country, but the Belgian captain shrugged those off by citing his glittering career.

“If we look at the last two years, I don’t deserve to play. But in view of the last 15 years, I deserve it. I haven’t become useless in the last two years,” he said.

Hazard also added, “I don’t pay attention to criticism. I don’t doubt myself, ever. I know what I can contribute.”

Belgium have been the favourites for a fair few international tournaments in a row now, given their ‘golden generation’. However, the best they have managed so far is a third-placed finish in the 2018 World Cup.

Hazard has been at the heart of the team, and was in contention of the Golden Ball award at the 2018 tournament. However, he suggested that the 2022 version could be his last.

“It’s possible that this World Cup will be my last big tournament. I don’t project myself yet, but it’s possible.”

Hazard also talked about his Real Madrid future, with reports claiming that Los Blancos want to sell the player ‘desperately’.

“I don’t want to leave Madrid. Maybe my situation will change after the World Cup,” Hazard claimed. “I want to play, but it’s the manager who makes his choices. I accept, but I want to show him that I deserve to play more. When you don’t play, it’s difficult.”

Source: Belgian Red Devils

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Multiple Real Madrid legends set to attend Kylian Mbappe’s presentation – report

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With the major international tournaments all wrapped up, Real Madrid fans can finally realize their dream of witnessing Kylian Mbappe take his first steps in the Santiago Bernabeu.

After much anticipation, the Frenchman’s signing was officially announced by the Merengues right after the UEFA Champions League final.

Now, the moment for his presentation is edging closer, and Real Madrid intends to make it a grand occasion befitting his talents.

Real Madrid have invited multiple legends

Indeed, according to Rodra several Real Madrid legends have been personally invited to attend Kylian Mbappe’s highly anticipated presentation at the Bernabeu tomorrow.

Their presence highlights the significance of this moment, celebrating the arrival of one of football’s brightest talents to the illustrious ranks of Real Madrid.

The player’s presentation, which is expected to be a huge event at Santiago Bernabeu on July 16th, was announced by the administration just under a week ago.

Mbappe will be presented as a Real Madrid player tomorrow. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The 2018 World Cup winner is the first new recruit to be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu following complete renovations and thus the club aims to mark it as a special occasion.

In order to make it a memorable event, the Merengues have big plans for the presentation tomorrow.

Indeed, Mbappe will make a grand entrance at the Bernabeu, walking along a specially installed catwalk from the changing room exit to a stage set up at the North end of the stadium.

Full-house expected

All tickets for Kylian Mbappe’s presentation have been completely sold out, with not a single seat remaining, not even in the remotest corners of the venue.

Within just under 2 hours, all tickets for the event sold out, including the premium VIP seats. Priority was naturally given to club members and season ticket holders.

And now it appears some of the most iconic players from Real Madrid’s history will also be present to watch the event unfold.

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