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Eden Hazard’s start to life at Real Madrid hasn’t gone as planned as a hamstring injury delayed his Madrid debut, and he hasn’t been at the top of his game since his return from injury.
Hazard looked rusty in his Madrid debut performance against Levante last weekend, and as if that wasn’t enough, he was subbed off just after 70 minutes in their 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
Hazard put in a questionable performance in the Los Blancos 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage fixture on Wednesday night.
The former Chelsea superstar failed to register a single shot on target in that game as Zinedine Zidane’s side struggled to match PSG.
After seven years at Stamford Bridge, Hazard left at the end of last season to what he called a dream move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he went to Real Madrid at the wrong time.
Ferdinand, speaking as a pundit for BT Sport , said of Hazard: “When you go to a new club, especially the size of Real Madrid , you’ve got to earn the right to be the man who gets all the ball – the talisman who you look to first.
“He’s got to do something in the training games, in the actual games he plays, so that people go ‘we need to give him the ball’.
“This is a team that’s ageing, this is a team that’s not on their way up, they’ve not got much spark about them at the moment, and that’s going to affect him, and it’s going to reflect badly on him maybe in the long term.”
Ferdinand’s fellow pundit Peter Crouch said Hazard won’t get the star status he had at Chelsea with Real Madrid
He said: “Watching him at Chelsea he was one of the top five players in the world.
“At Chelsea he was the main man and everyone’s giving him the ball from everywhere, but he won’t get that in Madrid until he earns it really.”