Eden Hazard has admitted that the World Cup in Qatar will be the “last chance” for Belgium’s “golden generation” to win and says he wants to stay at Real Madrid.
With the likes of Hazard, Thibault Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium failed to secure a major trophy.
The Red Devils have finished five of the last seven years at the top of the FIFA rankings, although they have been knocked out of the quarter-finals in their last two European Championships.
Belgium were also eliminated at the same stage of the 2014 World Cup before reaching the semi-finals of Russia in 2018 where they were beaten by eventual winner France.
Hazard, who has had a difficult time in Madrid since his move from Chelsea, believes Qatar will be the last opportunity for Belgium to succeed with the current stellar squad.
“I keep smiling. There are people who doubt my qualities, but not me, and we will see them again,” said the 31-year-old man.
“For us, the World Cup is the last chance to show that we can still win something with this generation. It will be difficult, but we will give it our all.”
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) November 10, 2022
Hazard has suggested it is “quite possible” that Qatar could be his last World Cup with Belgium and says he has no intention of leaving Madrid of his own choice anytime soon.
“I don’t want to leave Real Madrid. The answer is clear, but it depends not only on me,” he added.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has previously said that Hazard, who has only started one La Liga game this season, is aware of the reasons for the lack of minutes and fierce competition for places.
The former Chelsea winger has struggled with injuries and health issues since joining the team in June 2019.
Hazard made just 29 starts in four seasons in La Liga for Real Madrid, two points behind Barcelona.