Real Madrid’s Galactico summer signing Eden Hazard is yet to hit his full form at the Bernabeu.
After a frustrating last season, Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard to improve their squad and challenge for all the titles once again. Hazard joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in this summer transfer window in a deal that could reportedly cost up to €140million.
Unfortunately, just as the new season was about to begin Hazard suffered a thigh injury that caused an early disruption in his Real Madrid career.
Now, Hazard is almost back to full fitness and has made three starts for Real Madrid in the last four matches. But the worrying sign for Real Madrid is that Hazard hasn’t yet shown his full potential here. Real Madrid needed a match-winner after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2018. They signed Hazard to add that X-factor in their squad. But till now he hasn’t been that Galactico signing that the Bernabeu hoped for.
Eden Hazard told reporters ahead of the Champions League clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday: “I am not yet a galactic, I have to be the one to prove that I can be out on the pitch. We all know the history of the number seven jersey in this club and I have to be the one to prove that I can be the best in the world.
I want to enjoy myself on the pitch, give the maximum, not only in games but also in training. I don’t doubt myself, I don’t doubt my coach. It’s all a matter of trust.
I’m confident and sure everything will work out fine.
He further added: “The criticism doesn’t affect me. I haven’t noticed much. I know when I work to the fullest, everyone expects me to score three goals in each match. I think I can do better, I am also critical of myself, but working every day. Maybe I have a little delay because of the injury, but I am 100 percent. I now have to demonstrate my level and improve so the fans are proud of me.”
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane also sounded relaxed regarding the form of Eden Hazard. He told: “I’m not going to give him some advice on how to play. He knows we want more from him and we know the player he is, we have to be calm. I’m not worried at all, I know he will succeed here. We have to be calm with the players who have just arrived.
“The same thing happened to me, yes, but that’s why I’m very calm. I knew it would work with time. It was worse when I arrived in Italy because it took me three months [to settle] there.”
“The same with Hazard, I know he is going to succeed here and he is going to get settled. It has nothing to do with his physical condition. I would like [immediate improvement] for the team and for him, but we’re calm.”
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