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Chelsea great Eden Hazard ‘suddenly looked older’ after leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.
This is according to Chelsea legend Gus Poyet, who believes the Belgian’s best days are behind him after an injury-stricken spell at the Bernabeu.
Poyet told Marca: “It hurts me a lot. The year Cristiano Ronaldo left was the ideal time to replace him, he had had a great season with Chelsea.
“When Hazard arrived in Madrid, he suddenly looked older. I don’t think the style of play is the problem, neither is the mentality, it’s physically.
“He has paid the price for some physical problems that have not allowed him to return and have meant he has not returned to his best conditions.
“One of my maxims as a coach is to put players on the pitch with minimal or no excuses, and I don’t think Hazard has ever been like that.
“There was always some excuse: he was at 60 per cent, the team was not good…
“It’s not Zidane’s fault, the player is depending on himself to face this great challenge of turning it around.”
Hazard, 30, has spent a whopping 47 out of 82 games on the treatment table since his transfer to Real Madrid in 2019, scoring just four goals.