Eden Hazard wants to save his Real Madrid career but won’t complain if the club asks him to leave at the end of the season.
The former Chelsea winger has had a bleak time in Spain as a string of injuries dashed his hopes of moving from the Premier League to La Liga.
Hazard now has a big chance to show what he’s capable of on another stage as he prepares to play a role for Belgium at the World Cup in Qatar.
Azar will turn 32 in January. In 2022, Hazard managed just two goals and one assist in 15 matches for Real Madrid, starting only four times and playing just 532 minutes in the first team. He has just over 18 months left on his contract.
Considering that Hazard won the Silver Ball at the 2018 World Cup as the tournament’s second best player, it was a stunning descent from the main man to the minor player.
Hazard was Chelsea’s Player of the Year in his final season at Stamford Bridge in 2018–19, and he backed himself up to reach the same heights again given his lack of injury.
In an interview with Marca, Azar said: “I have to prove to everyone that I can play football. People doubt what I can do, but I don’t do it.”
He has described himself as “a good player who just needs to play more football” and can understand why there are those who doubt him.
“That’s normal. I’m a player who hasn’t played many games in three years. I can understand that,” he said.
“I don’t play, but being a Real Madrid player was my childhood dream and after this year I will have one more season on my contract. I want to play for this club in this shirt.”
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) November 15, 2022
Still, Hazard is a realist and would not like to stay too long at a party.
He says moving from Madrid in January will be “impossible because I have a family and I love the city.”
“But in the summer I might go,” he said.
“If a club says to me, ‘Eden, thanks for four years, but you have to leave,’ I have to accept it, because that’s okay. But I would like to play more, to show more that I can play, that I am a good player.”