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Eden Hazard Accused Of "Not Taking Real Madrid Transfer Seriously"

Eden Hazard Accused Of "Not Taking Real Madrid Transfer Seriously"

Eden Hazard has been accused of not taking his £103 million transfer to Real Madrid "seriously."

The Belgian arrived from Chelsea last summer and he is regarded as one of the best wingers in the world.

But he's failed to show it in Spain and has only registered one goal for his new club.

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Former Blues striker Tony Cascarino laid into the 29-year-old following a poor performance against Manchester City in the Champions League.

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He told talkSPORT: "We all know how brilliant Hazard can be, we all know the difference he can make to a football team.

"But he didn't take the move to Madrid seriously, and he's paid for it this season.

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"He turned up overweight, he's been playing catch-up, he's getting niggly injuries. Watching him last night was like watching a completely different player.

"Kyle Walker must've been thinking, 'Is this the same player I faced at Chelsea?'

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"He's a brilliant player, but he's paid the price for turning up at Madrid for a big fee and not taking it seriously.

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"He does switch off every now and again. As good and as great as he can be, he does down tools every so often."

City won 2-1 on the night as well as 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the quarter finals.

Hazard touched the ball 37 times at the Etihad Stadium - the second-lowest tally in the whole Madrid team.

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Following the game, Hazard spoke to beIN Sports and he admitted he was frustrated with the result.

"I think we played a great game in the first half," he begun.

"We made the mistake but we scored a goal and we tried to attack more, tried to score more.

"It's hard for the club because we always want to win the Champions League and it is hard as a player also."

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When asked about his first season with Madrid, Hazard replied: "It has been a tough year for me you know, I've had injuries and was out for almost six months.

"But today I was back on top and my ankle is better, we won La Liga, of course you want to win everything for this great club.

"Now we will go on holiday, rest and try to do better next season."

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Topics: Football News, Eden Hazard, Football, Champions League, Real Madrid, La Liga

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.