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Real Madrid outcast Eden Hazard says he has the utmost respect for manager Carlo Ancelotti, but revealed that the pair “don’t talk to each other.”
Despite being essentially frozen out at Real Madrid in recent seasons, the Belgian is desperate to prove himself for Los Blancos and strongly believes he still has a future there.
Injuries and a huge dip in form have impacted his chances at the club ever since his big-money move from Chelsea in 2019.
Real Madrid boss and Hazard don’t speak
Despite Real Madrid competing in various competitions this season, Hazard has been limited to just seven appearances. He has been on the pitch for just 296 minutes overall.
The winger, who once stole all the Premier League headlines during his superb spell at Chelsea, has largely been forced to watch on from the bench under Ancelotti.
And the Belgian has now revealed that while he admires the Italian manager for all that he has done in football, he does not have an open dialogue with the boss.
“There is respect between us,” said Hazard, as per LiveScore. “But I’m not going to say that we talk to each other, because we don’t talk to each other.
“But there will always be respect. I have to have respect for a guy like Carlo Ancelotti. What he represents for football, what he has done in his career. There is no problem.”
Hazard only wants ‘one thing’ at Real Madrid
Hazard first burst onto the scene as a youngster with French side Lille, where he scored 50 goals and registered 53 assists in his 194 appearances.
Such fine displays caught the eye of Premier League giants Chelsea, where the winger scored 110 goals and created 92 others from over 350 matches, thus earning legendary status at the Blues. Spanish outfit Real Madrid then came calling, but the fairytale move for Hazard has not panned out as he expected.
He has long been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, but the 32-year-old remains committed to the club and indeed wants time on the pitch to prove he still has what it takes to perform for Real Madrid.
But such minutes are undoubtedly hard to come by given the talent that he shares a dressing room with, with fellow wingers Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo very hard to displace.
Hazard, whose Real Madrid contract expires next summer, explained: “I would like to stay here. I have always dreamed of this club. I’m only waiting for one thing. That is to be on the pitch to prove that I can still play football, even if people doubt it, which is normal.
“There is only one thing that could get me out of the spiral in which I am, and that is to play. After months without a game, I know I wouldn’t score five goals in my first game. I need time. But at Real, we don’t have the time.
“I see in training that I can bring something. I feel good physically. But there are other players who are doing well.”
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— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 12, 2023