Brussels, May 31 (EFE).- Eden Hazard on Monday said he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, despite struggling to live up to potential since his arrival in Spain.
The Belgium international has been hit with injuries since he joined Madrid from Chelsea on a five year-contract in 2019, playing in only 43 games over the past two seasons.
“I don’t see myself out of Real Madrid now. I have three more years on my contract. We all know my first years have been bad. Now I have to focus on the Euros and then I can give my best for Madrid next year,” Hazard said in a virtual presser held on the first day of Belgium’s Euro 2020 camp.
Hazard, who still has pain in his thigh, hoped he would be ready for Belgium’s opening match against Russia on June 12 in Group B, which also features Denmark and Finland. He said he still does not know whether he will train solo or with his teammates.
“I’m not 100% yet. But mentally I’m good and physically, it will come back step by step,” he added.
Hazard also underlined the psychological impact of the major injury he picked up on his right ankle, which forced him to undergo a surgery.
On Zinedine Zidane ending his spell as Madrid’s manager, Hazard said he values him both in terms of player and coach.
Although “I feel frustrated that I have not been able to offer him more,” he went on.
When asked about playing at Real Madrid alongside Karim Benzema, who was selected for the Euros after a six-year absence over a blackmail scandal, Hazard called him “one of the best players in the world.”
On Chelsea’s Champions League victory on Saturday, Hazard said “I’m a Real Madrid player, so I wasn’t happy.”EFE