Belgium boss Roberto Martinez spoke about Eden Hazard and his tough start to life at Real Madrid, but how his future could sparkle.
Eden Hazard can win the Ballon d’Or at Real Madrid, according to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez.
Ballon d’Or chance for Hazard
Hazard swapped Chelsea for Madrid in a blockbuster €100million transfer at the start of the 2019-20 season but the Belgium star has struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Injury and fitness problems have limited Hazard to just 15 appearances in the Spanish capital, where the attacker had not played since February 22 due to a broken ankle prior to the coronavirus pandemic. We looked at how his form may be upon return.
But national team boss Martinez – who extended his Belgium contract on Wednesday – is expecting big things from Hazard.
“He can totally win the Ballon d’Or with Real Madrid, without a doubt,“ Martinez told Spanish station Cadena Ser.
“Sometimes it takes a difficult start at your new club to give everything you have inside and understand what it means to play in a great club like Real Madrid.
“Eden does not miss games, he lost 18 games with Chelsea in eight years and this has been circumstantial. The game that was injured against Paris Saint-Germain we already saw Eden with a lot of joy in his football with a great connection with his team-mates. I think Real Madrid fans are confident that he will bring many successes.”
Madrid last week returned to their Valdebebas base for the first time in two months, with most major sport across the globe suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The players undertook individual sessions before working in groups on Monday, as LaLiga clubs took a step towards resuming their normal activities – the league hoping to restart in June.
Martinez added: “He is very happy. The footballer Eden is in a moment of great joy, he is very comfortable.
“All the steps have been taken in great detail and I would have had no problem to end the season with Real Madrid and reach the European Championship. I see him very happy and looking forward to some joy this season.”