Former Belgian international star Eden Hazard, a Real Madrid player, has confirmed that he will not back away from his decision to leave his country, as some football stars have done.
Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from international football with the Belgian national team after participating in the Qatar 2022 World Cup final and abruptly exiting the group stage.
Hazard said in statements to Belgium’s RTBF: “I couldn’t imagine myself not playing for Real Madrid and playing for the national team.”
The Belgian star has been suffering from injuries and a significant decline since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 from English club Chelsea on a contract that extends until the summer of 2024.
He added: “My colleague Toni Kroos retired from the German national team two years ago and told me that when the rest of the players go to the national teams, he can have fun with his children.”
And about the possibility of returning to the national team, like former French star Zinedine Zidane, Argentinean Lionel Messi and Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic did, Hazard replied: “It will not happen to me, I am 100% sure that I will do it.” I don’t see myself doing it, and it’s not in my head at all.”
On whether they were reluctant to leave international football, Hazard said: “Well… I think we made the decision reluctantly when it comes to the national team, but given my personal history. They continued to play with their teams while I playing a lot less.”
Hazard concluded his speech by saying: “King Philip called me after retiring, but what we talked about will remain between us. In football, you can never say the impossible, but I have many other things to do, like spending more time with my children and my family… I don’t think I’d change my mind on a whim.”
Notably, Eden Hazard (32 years old) began his international career with the Belgian national team, the Red Devils in 2008, and took part in 126 international matches over 14 years, in which he scored 33 goals, and his most outstanding achievement was that he led the Red Devils to World Championship bronze. Russia 2018″.