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Eden Hazard insists he can still do ‘great things’ despite admitting he is not the player he once was

Marcus Chan

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Eden Hazard insists he can still do ‘great things’ despite admitting he is not the player he once was

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has admitted that he is no longer the player he was but is still adamant that he can still do great things.

Since joining the La Liga giants from Chelsea back in 2019, Hazard has struggled to keep himself fit and as a result, failed to nail down a regular spot in the Madrid side. He has only played 72 times for the reigning European champions.

However, despite his poor form, he is expected to captain Belgium in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

As the tournament edges ever closer, Hazard has candidly spoken about his recent struggles.

He said to L’Equipe: “To be honest, this level of 2018, I no longer have it. I do not show it, but I suffered too much, mentally and physically. I’m not ashamed to say it.

“In 2018, I was maybe in the top 10 in the world. Am I going to come back to it? I don’t think so. But if my body allows me, I can still do great things.”

Just a week ago, Hazard apologised to Madrid fans for failing to live up to the expectations since signing for the Bernabeau club.

He told Marca: “I'm sorry. I'm trying, but ... I'm sorry. I have one more year and I have to show [what I can do] but it isn't easy. I'm not playing, I want to play more. I'm really sorry about what has happened.”

Hazard also addressed speculation of him potentially leaving the club in January.

He said: “In January it's impossible because I have my family and I like the city.

“But in the summer it's possible that I leave. I have a year left on my contract and it's a decision for the club. If the club says 'Eden, thanks for these four years, but you have to go' I'll have to accept it.”

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Belgium are in Group F alongside Canada, Morocco and Croatia. Roberto Martinez’s side will be one of the favourites to go all the way to the final.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Eden Hazard, Real Madrid, Belgium

Marcus Chan
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