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Vincent Kompany comes to Eden Hazard’s defence amid poor form: “Still magic in him”



Eden Hazard’s career at Real Madrid appears set to end in pitiable fashion. The transfer that was supposed to bring magic back to Santiago Bernabeu did not take long to become a dreaded nightmare and has stayed so ever since.

The winger saw ten rare minutes when Los Blancos played against Cadiz at weekend but failed to complete either of his attempted dribbles and recorded just 12 touches of the ball.

In a recent interview with Belgian outlet RTBF via Mundo Deportivo, former Manchester City star and current Burnley manager Vincent Kompany had words in support of Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and insisted that there were still beautiful things that could happen during his spell at Real Madrid.

“You can still score in the Champions League final, you can win a title. There is still magic in this player, in the person. And we have to wait for the best so that it ends as it deserves.”

He then revealed his theory to reason out his compatriot’s poor run of form at the Spanish Club and was optimistic that Hazard would soon find his stride again.

“The most important thing is that Eden had injuries and that’s what changed. You have to respect the fact that you don’t control injuries. He has dealt with the injuries and sequelae, and it is always difficult to come back.”

While scoring in the UEFA Champions League final would be a fairytale touch to the Belgian’s dismal season under Carlo Ancelotti, the chances of it happening are very bleak. After all, Hazard has only played three UCL games for the club this season and has started only once. Further, he has not been involved at all since the team make it to the knockout stages.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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