EDEN HAZARD OPENS UP ON RELATIONSHIP WITH ANCELOTTI, REAL MADRID EXPERIENCE.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on March 14, 2023
Real Madrid and Belgian Super star, Eden Hazard has spoken about his disappointment on having very little or no game-playing time for his football club. Making his move to the Spanish giant at the capital a painful experience.
The Real Madrid winger revealed that he and coach Carlo Ancelotti “don’t talk” but maintains that there is respect in his relationship with the Los Blancos Manager. Hazard, while speaking with Belgian broadcaster RTBF, said:
There is respect between us. But I’m not going to say that [Ancelotti and I] talk to each other, because we don’t, But there will always be respect. Even if tomorrow he doesn’t pick me anymore.
I must have respect for a guy like Carlo Ancelotti. In terms of what he represents for football, what he has done in his career. There is no problem.
Hazard has made just one start and two substitute appearances in the current La Liga season despite suggestions from Ancelotti that the Belgian would feature more regularly as a back-up to club captain, Karim Benzema.
The Red Devil’s captain who arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium from Chelsea in July 2019 has had to deal with long injury spells that has further reduced his chances of having regular game time at the Bernabeu.
Hazard who shone so bright in the colours of Chelsea, winning the League’s Best Young Player and Player of the season has failed to replicate the Super Star status that saw some football pundits compare him with the likes of football greats like Ronaldo and Messi.
Despite his lack of football this season, Hazard said he intends to see out his contract at Madrid, which is due to expire in June 2024.
I would like to stay, I’ve always said it….. To hope to play. I’m waiting for one thing, to be on the pitch to prove that I still know how to play football. People doubt me, it’s normal. I understand very well. But for me, I’m still here next year. A transfer is not on the agenda. But you never know.
What can make me change my mind? I don’t know. The only thing I think about is playing. That’s why I don’t even think about leaving. Deep down, I think I can contribute something. I feel it. If I do a little, people will trust me again. They might say to themselves that they made a mistake leaving me out. I just need minutes in the legs.
Before joining Chelsea in 2012, Hazard made over 190 appearances and scored 50 goals for Lille in the French League, becoming the club’s all time highest goal scorer, a record which has just been broken by Canadian Footballer, Jonathan David.