Eden Hazard has no intentions of leaving Real Madrid to follow Gareth Bale to Major League Soccer, insisting “I want to show people that I can play in this club”.
Eden Hazard has struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu since completing his big move from Chelsea in June 2019, with the striker limited by injuries and fitness issues.
The Belgium international was largely a spectator last season, making just seven starts in 17 LaLiga starts as Madrid claimed European and Spanish glory.
This followed a frustrating spell in the Spanish capital where he made just 48 LaLiga appearances for the club – 20 of which came from the bench.
But the 31-year-old, who has just 10 league goals for Madrid (four goals, six assists), is ready to prove a point and show his worth in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
“It’s been a few seasons since I’ve played that much, so for me … I just want to show what I can do on the field — that’s my only goal,” he told ESPN.
“When you’re playing football, you just want to be on the field, and when you’re off the field … [You think] ‘What happened?’ because I wasn’t injured before, so it was something new for me to be injured, so you have to learn.
“It’s a way of learning how you have to do things, taking care of your body in different ways, working more with the physios, things like that. But now it’s a good challenge … healthy, so I’m ready to play.
“It’s not that simple, especially when you don’t know why you’re injured. When I was at Chelsea, I was injured, but not like the three years at Real Madrid.”
“I knew there was something wrong with my body and that’s why I asked for surgery at the end of the season last year.
Bale ended his time in Madrid by joining MLS side Los Angeles FC in late June with the aim of gaining fitness and match practice to play for Wales at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar in November.
Hazard has no intention of moving to the United States to join Bale in the near future, although he is solely focused on playing for Madrid for at least the next two years.
“I don’t think about it that much right now, I’m just focused,” he said when asked about a move to MLS.
“It’s been three years [that have been difficult for me] so I’m just focusing on this season. I’m still under contract after two more years and then we’ll see.
“I’ll be 33 in two years, so we’ll see what can happen.”