Eden Hazard vows not to leave Real Madrid as a failure
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Hazard joins Real Madrid
Eden Hazard would join Real Madrid in August of 2019, departing long-time club Chelsea were he had cemented himself as one of the Premier League’s top talents.
Madrid would stump up a fairly hefty sum, believed to be £88.5m, to bring the Belgium to the Spanish capital.
Hazard’s arrival came shortly after Cristiano Ronaldo departed the Bernabeu, with the Real Madrid faithful no doubt hoping that the left-winger could help fill the void left by the Portugese.
MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 16: Eden Hazard (L) and Gareth Bale (R) of Real Madrid talk during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 16, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Perez Meca/MB Media/Getty Images)
‘I won’t leave there as a failure’
However, nearly two years on from his move to Madrid, that has certainly not proven to be the case.
To say Hazard has underwhelmed in Spain would be a huge understatement. So far, Hazard has had 12 separate injury issues to deal with during his Madrid stint.
When he first arrived at Real the now 30-year-old did not look 100 per cent fit. And he has since been plagued with injury issues.
He has also scored just five goals for the Spaniards to date. Despite this, Hazard has recently vowed that he will not leave the club as a failure:
“I’m only myself when I can enjoy myself on the pitch. That hasn’t happened in the last two years at Madrid.
“If you have one or two injuries you can flip the switch, you recover to come back stronger, but if it’s five, six, seven it’s much more difficult mentally. But I keep going.”
When asked if he has ever contemplated leaving Real, the former Chelsea winger stated:
“It didn’t occur to me for a second that it would be better for me to leave.
“I won’t leave there as a failure. I only want to show that I’m made for Real Madrid.
“The last two years have been difficult, I’ve been at Madrid without really being at Madrid, you know… We’ve played in a stadium without fans, and I signed to play at a full Bernabeu.”
Quotes via Goal.