Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has insisted he still sees himself at the club next season, despite an almost complete lack of playing time so far in 2022/23.
Hazard has one more year left on the contract he signed to complete his €100m transfer from Chelsea in 2019. He has played only 98 minutes in La Liga since September and has not played any.
The 32-year-old has struggled with injury throughout his time at Madrid, but manager Carlo Ancelotti has gone in a completely different direction this season and a fully fit Hazard has spent most games on the bench as an unused substitute.
“I want to play. I want to have fun on the field. hazard Said rtbf,
“Training is good but what keeps us alive is the matches. I have hope in myself that I can bring something and the coaches are still putting their trust in me, I hope. We will see if I am still going to play till the end of the season. I doubt it a bit. It’s up to me to show him in training that he can call on me.
Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Rodrigo, Federico Valverde, Marco Asensio and even Mariano Diaz are ahead of Hazard. Real Pecking order, Belgium admits that, in Ancelotti’s eyes, he ‘probably deserves less’ [playing times] than others’.
Nevertheless, Hazard has no intention of continuing his career elsewhere
“I would like to stay. I have always said this,” he explained. “To be expected to play on the pitch to prove that I can still play football. People have doubts, it’s normal. I understand very well. But for me, I’m still here next year. A transfer is not in the order of the day. but you never know.
“I don’t know [what could change my mind], The only thing I think about is playing. That’s why I can’t even think of leaving. Deep inside, I feel I can bring something. I feel it, that’s all. People, if I bring a little, they will trust me again. They can tell themselves that they made a mistake by leaving me out. I need just minutes in the legs.