Eden Hazard Claims Fans In Spain Are 'Really Fans' Unlike In England
Eden Hazard may have loved his time in England and the Chelsea fans who supported him but he has claimed that fans in Spain are 'real fans.'
The Belgian was a real fan favourite throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and even said the fans were special to him in his farewell message when he left for Real Madrid this summer.
However, speaking to UEFA, via Marca, the former Lille player claimed fans care more in Spain than in England, saying, "At Chelsea, when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans. But I never felt it was a disaster. It's different in Spain.'
"I think that here the fans are really fans. Football is everything to them and they need players to give everything. In England there aren't so many fans.
"Of course, people there like football and everyone, be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football. But they aren't so fanatical about their teams."
In his farewell message Hazard had paid tribute to Blues' fans, saying, "Now it's in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.
"...Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.
"... you've always supported me and encouraged me to play football and be me - Like I have enjoyed myself I hope you have enjoyed yourselves
"...Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first."
Speaking about working alongside Real manager Zinedine Zidane, he childhood hero and a big reason the 28-year-old wanted to move this summer, Hazard added, "We have been working together for more than a month and I am very happy.
"I feel like a small child, not only because of him but because of the other players here.
"I am learning every day and I am getting to know them, it's great to work with a coach that you can feel has been a player when you talk to them, I just need to learn from him."
The forward finally made his debut for Los Blancos last weekend, coming on as a second half substitute in their 3-2 La Liga win over Levante.