Ancelotti gives blunt Eden Hazard update

Three years since leaving Chelsea, Eden Hazard isn’t close to being the player we all thought he’d be.

Hazard has only started seven La Liga matches this season, playing 688 minutes in total.

The 31-year-old has failed to score a single goal in the La Liga this season, while he has had only one assist.

Hazard’s only goal in the 2021/22 campaign came in the Copa del Rey, which shows just how poor he has been for the Los Blancos.

The former Chelsea star has been linked with a return to the Premier League, but Carlo Ancelotti has now ruled that out, claiming Hazard will give it another go next season.

Asked about Hazard’s future on Saturday, Ancelotti responded: “His plan is quite clear: he is staying and he is doing so with a lot of motivation because he has had a tough time in these last years.

“He wants to show his quality. Hazard’s plans are quite clear. He is staying next year.”

Asked if Hazard will get more opportunities and minutes next season, Ancelotti responded: “I think so. There are a lot of games, there is tiredness, there will be rotations even if this season there haven’t been as many. Everyone can have their chances.

“A starting place at a big club is difficult for everyone, not just the players who play less. I continue to be of the opinion that the quantity of minutes is not as important as the quality.

“This year we have the clear example of Rodrygo, who hasn’t played many minutes but has played quality minutes and has made the difference.”

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