Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has confessed that his debut season at the Santiago Bernabéu has been pretty awful, but he plans on proving himself next season.
The €100m Belgian made just 15 appearances in 2019/20 before football was suspended, managing just one goal and five assists in what has been an injury-riddled campaign.
After getting off on the wrong foot by arriving for pre-season several kilos overweight, Hazard suffered minor injuries in the early months of his time at the club. A fractured foot in December then sidelined him for over two months, before he picked up a fresh ankle problem just two games after returning.
Speaking to RTBF, Hazard confessed that his maiden season has been a nightmare, but he was eager to try and take the positives from it all.
“My first season at Real has been rotten,” he admitted. “But that doesn’t mean it should be written off. It was an adaptation season. I will be judged on the second season. It’s up to me to be in good shape next year.
“The squad is good. I met new people. For me, it’s a great experience. I still have four years on my contract. I hope I will be in great shape for those years.”
Hazard also revealed that he has had the stitches from his ankle surgery removed, which has allowed him to work harder in hid bid to return to fitness.
He had planned on recovering in time for Euro 2020, but seeing the tournament postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak has given him more time to get back to his best.
“I expected to be there at the Euro, so I was disappointed that it was postponed,” he said. “I had planned to do it, I had surgery a few weeks ago, so for me, I was going to be alright.
“We’ll all have an extra year to wait, which is a shame, but for my ankle it’ll obviously help me get back in shape.
“I think for football fans it’s difficult. the world wants to see an international competition in summer, for them it’s a shame but I think there are priorities in life that make them have to cancel. We are like everyone else, we will wait until next year.”
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