‘He knows the city and fans, we can do great things together’: Real Madrid flop Eden Hazard delights in Carlo Ancelotti appointment as injury-prone winger looks to reignite career
- Carlo Ancelotti made surprise return to Real Madrid dugout, leaving Everton
- Eden Hazard has endured dreadful time at Bernabeu since joining in 2019
- But Belgian feels he can kick on under Ancelotti and make strides next term
- He said: ‘He knows the city and the fans. I think we can do great things together’
The Belgian has been a huge disappointment at the Bernabeu since joining for £103million, plus add-ons, back in 2019.
He’s endured a huge number of injuries and never been able to find his best form, but now the ex-Chelsea man feels he could flourish under Ancelotti.
Eden Hazard spoke about how much he is looking forward to working with Carlo Ancelotti
Hazard told RTBF: ‘Everyone at Real Madrid knows what Ancelotti has brought to the club.
‘He won the Champions League with this group and he knows a lot of the players. We know that he is a coach with a lot of experience.
‘He knows the city and the fans. I think we can do great things together.
‘I don’t know him personally, but from what I’ve heard of him he’s a very nice person who just wants to win, and that’s what we all want.
‘We’ll have the chance to work together. It’s good news for me.’
The Real Madrid manager, pictured with club president Florentino Perez (right), called Hazard a ‘top player’ at his unveiling on Wednesday afternoon
Hazard has struggled for form and fitness but is looking to ignite his career at Real next term
Hazard also offered praise to Zidane, who decided to depart at the end of a trophy-less season with Real.
He added: ‘It was great to be around him every day as Real Madrid’s coach. To be coached by your idol, there’s nothing better.’
Last season, Hazard started just 14 LaLiga games, scored one goal and provided three assists in total.
Real thought they were signing a Galactico when he came to the club and will be expecting more output from him next term. Clearly, Ancelotti sees him as a major part of his plans.
At the manager’s unveiling, he said: ‘Hazard is a top player. He had problems with injury and still hasn’t brought out the potential he has, but he will because he has the desire to do that.’
The Belgian started less than half of Real’s LaLiga games last season in a poor campaign