Real Madrid have been boosted with the return to training of Eden Hazard, who has missed the last two games in the Spanish La Liga. Eden Hazard has struggled with several muscular injuries since his transfer to Real Madrid at the start of last season. Eden Hazard was at Chelsea before Real Madrid made him their club record signing at the initial fee of €100m but he has not been at a level close to the high level of performance shown at Chelsea. Eden Hazard was a key player for Chelsea throughout his seven-year stay at the club on the back of his move from French team Lille. Chelsea paid £32m to sign him from Lille in the summer of 2019.
Real Madrid are currently on a good run of form and have finished 2020 with a commendable winning streak stretching to six games. Their current year-ending form springs memories of last season to mind as it was a similar fashion to how they wrapped up the year.
However, despite the good form, there are still concerns raised about the Eden Hazard situation at the club and his battle with niggling injuries and form. The former Chelsea man has found life difficult at the Santiago Bernabeu due to a series of spells on the sidelines.
Eden Hazard was one of the absentees from the Real Madrid training ahead of their league clash at home to Athletic Bilbao. The Belgian international was one of the four players that missed the last training session before Real Madrid take on Athletic Bilbao at home in a rescheduled game in the Spanish La Liga. Eden Hazard has not played for Real Madrid since the 2-1 loss at home to Alaves in the league at the end of last month. The former Lille and Chelsea playmaker sustained a leg injury and he had to leave the game after just 28 minutes.It was then revealed that the player would be out of action for three weeks.
Apart from Eden Hazard, the attacking trio of Martin Odegaard, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic also missed the final training session on Monday and are all expected to miss the Bilbao clash. The absence of Serbian international Jovic and Mariano Diaz would have been felt by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane who might have thought about resting star striker Karim Benzema for the Athletic Bilbao match on Tuesday night if Mariano Diaz or Luka Jovic was available for the game. Continue reading
According to former England left-back Ashley Cole, Jack Grealish possesses similar qualities as Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard. Since the past season, Grealish has put in a number of sophisticated performances for club side Aston Villa and has attracted praise from football legends and fans.
Cole believes that Grealish is a really top player and is a similar player to former Chelsea playmaker Hazard. However, despite his stings of emphatic performances for his club side, the 25-year-old has had to wait for opportunities to come by in the England setup.
Premier League side Chelsea are set to consolidate on their additions this summer having confirmed the addition of Kai Havertz. The Blues have already secured the services of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively in big money deals. Havertz looks set to join the duo at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been locked in long negotiations with Leverkusen about getting a deal done for Havertz and it now seems as though a deal is going to get done.
With the stoppage of La Liga due to the current pandemic situation, it was expected for the Eden Hazard fans to see him play again in the rest of the games for the title race. As the season is set to return soon, Hazard is ready to show his skills again. He was really looking beyond the Real Madrid club to the Euros after he underwent right foot surgery in March. It was that time when the fans thought that that would be the last game for Eden Hazard. But the La Liga return has given a lifeline to him and is ready to kick-start the game with Madrid.
When Real Madrid paid Eden 100 million Euros approximately for getting his signature from Chelsea in 2019, fans rushed to the Santiago Bernabeu for beating the queues for the unveiling of Hazard with the club. Nearly 50000 fans were successful to get inside the ground. Soon, they started questioning about him gaining weight before the season started as he struggled with several injuries throughout the season.
Colombia international James Rodriguez is set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. Three premier league clubs have emerged as the front runner for the player’s signature. Arsenal, Everton and most recently Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tottenham Hotspur were also linked with the player in the past. But since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, the club has cooled off their interest in the player. The withdrawal of Spurs will make it a three-horse race for the player.
Eden Hazard is expected to return to first-team action from an ankle injury on Sunday as Real Madrid hosts Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Belgium international has struggled with fitness issue since making the move from Chelsea last summer.
He has been out since November, he took a knock in the UEFA Champions League match against PSG. But according to reports he is expected to make the matchday on Sunday.
The question of whether Eden Hazard was good enough to play at the highest point of European football was asked at Lille and answered at Chelsea.
Real Madrid, being the final bus stop of any great player to prove himself came calling as expected but few months later, Hazard is looking more out of place than imagined.
Former Arsenal longtime coach Arsene Wenger, who might be looking to return to the sidelines, has backed Eden Hazard to succeed at the Bernabeu. However, the Frenchman warned Madrid fans that Hazard is not Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hazard moved from Chelsea to Madrid this summer but has been slow in hitting the required form despite the huge transfer fees. After six games, the Belgian only has a goal and an assist – a far cry from the expected galatico.