Eden Hazard has pledged to make an impact at Real Madrid next season after undergoing surgery to remove a plate from his ankle, which has been bothering him for years.
Eden Hazard, a big-money signing from Chelsea in 2019, had only six goals and 10 assists in 66 games for Real, missing 72 games due to injury.
Hazard has been dealing with an ankle ailment for some time, but he recently had a metal plate removed for what he believes would be the final time, and he told HLN that he expects his Real career to begin soon.
“Do I feel free after the operation? The surgery went well. Everything is going well at the moment,” he said. “I’m ready just in time to play a part in the Champions League final.
“Now I’m starting from scratch, but with an important additional weapon. I’ve wanted that operation for a long time. In my head, I am completely free agent, care free.
“It’s up to me now to show myself and work hard every day, and to give the best of myself, whether I’m playing five or ten minutes, or longer.
“The coach knows that I still have a contract until 2024. My first three seasons at Real have not gone well, so I want to show everyone what I can do, starting with this Saturday. It has always been my dream to play for Real, and it still is.”
Eden Hazard will stay at Real Madrid this summer – Carlo Ancelotti.
Even before the interest in Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland – the former has renewed his contract with PSG and the latter is joining Manchester City – manager Carlo Ancelotti had ruled out selling Hazard.
“He’ll be staying and he’s got a lot of motivation because he has not had a good time,” Ancelotti said of Hazard. “He wants to show his quality.
“Hazard’s plan is clear: he’s staying.”
Since departing Chelsea in 2019, the 31-year-old has struggled with injuries and a loss of form, netting just six goals and ten assists in 65 appearances, 28 of which have come as a starter in La Liga.
With Real wanting to fund some major summer business, which has already begun with the purchase of Antonio Rudiger, it was rumored that Hazard and his expensive wages could be pushed out the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.