Real Madrid attacker Eden Hazard talked to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad in an interview published this Saturday. Hazard discussed what went on after the controversy following his laughter right after Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea.
“That was wrong. What Mendy and Zouma said wasn’t even funny, but I played with Zouma and I know Mendy. It’s always fun to see your friends again. I know that I damaged Real Madrid’s image. Everyone assumed that I wasn’t hurting, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was very disappointed. If there was any game that I wanted to win then it was against my old club at Stamford Bridge,” he acknowledged.
Hazard even admitted than some of his Real Madrid teammates called him.
“I got a few calls. But, honestly, it’s a very nice group and that’s one of the reasons I want to stay. There’s a good atmosphere. When I first walked into the dressing room at Real Madrid I was impressed. There are stars, but guys like Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are just normal people,” he added.
Hazard is reportedly on Madrid’s transfer block, with Los Blancos potentially trying to sell the player in order to get rid of his huge contract after two abysmal seasons from the winger in the Spanish capital. Still, Hazard doesn’t want to go anywhere.
“It hasn’t occurred to me for a second that I’d be better off leaving. I’m not going to leave as a failure, I want to show that I was made for Real Madrid. The last two years have been difficult and I’ve been at Real Madrid without really being at Real Madrid. When I did play, it was tough because of COVID-19. We’ve played at the training ground without fans, whereas I signed to play at a full Bernabeu. I hope that the work on the stadium can finish quickly so that the stands can be full again. I need it like that,” concluded Hazard.
Hazard will be hoping to gain some confidence during the 2021 Euro, although it’s not clear if he will be 100% ready to be an undisputed starter for Belgium.