Real Madrid have got off to a blistering start to their season, winning nine out of nine games across all competitions. Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo have led the team’s charge and continue to score goals with ease.
However, one forward player who has got off to a rocky start this season is Eden Hazard. After all, that has been the story for the Belgian ever since he joined the club in 2019.
The player is currently on international duty with Belgium and spoke about his situation at Real Madrid during the camp. When quizzed about the topic, he did not hold back and openly spoke about how he wanted to play more minutes.
The ex-Chelsea forward also insisted that he deserved more game-time purely on merit and added that the situation was complicated.
“There have been difficult times because I want to play and I don’t play. I feel good at Real Madrid, I just play less. And when I play, I play well. It’s a delicate situation because I want to play more,” he said after Belgium’s victory over Wales (h/t MARCA).
Hazard has only participated in four of Real Madrid’s eight games this season and has started just one. In that duration, he has found the back of the net only once.
Needless to say, his lack of game-time at the club level is a serious concern for the Belgian national team, especially given that the World Cup is right around the corner.
“I want to scratch the maximum number of minutes and get to the World Cup in shape,” he added.
Hazard can turn his situation around with a good run of form in the coming weeks, but it will be anything but easy for the once-revered wing-wizard.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.