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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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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club



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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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