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Eden Hazard was seen as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea, but since his move to Real Madrid in 2019, Hazard has struggled to find form and fitness.
Since making a move to the Spanish capital, Hazard has made 25 league appearances — 16 La Liga appearances last season and only nine so far this season.
Hazard barely missed games at Chelsea, but gone are those days. The Belgian has been unfit and out of form, and the La Liga side are already looking to cut their losses on the man who lit Stamford Bridge and the Premier League.
However, this was a situation that was predicted by Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea boss.
“People in love with football in this country, people must be in love with Eden Hazard,” he said following a match against Tottenham.
“I think match after match, he is being punished by opponents, and he’s not being protected by referees.”
“Maybe one day we won’t have Eden Hazard,” he added.
“There’s one, two, three, four, five ten fouls. Aggressive fouls. They kick, they kick, they kick, they kick and the kid keeps resisting.”
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who was so keen on signing Hazard, is at a loss to how much the Belgian has struggled with injuries.
“Something’s up, because he was never injured in his entire career [before joining Real] or there were very few injuries,” he said
“They’re things that I can’t explain. I want to be positive and hope that it’s not too much of a problem.
“We’re going to try and figure out why it’s happening but right now we can’t explain it.”
Hazard has now been linked with a move away from Real Madrid, and Chelsea have also been linked with re-signing their former star player.