‘He has not adapted’: Fabio Capello believes burden of wearing the Real Madrid shirt explains Eden Hazard’s underwhelming start to life in the Spanish capital… and insists it is ‘clear that next season will be much better’
- Eden Hazard scored just once in LaLiga in a tricky first season at Real Madrid
- The ex-Chelsea man signed in a £130m deal with huge expectations last summer
- But an early-season lack of form and an ankle injury effected the Belgian
- Despite that, Fabio Capello has backed Hazard to come back stronger next year
Fabio Capello says Eden Hazard’s poor first season at Real Madrid is a result of the weight of expectation that comes with wearing the shirt.
Hazard signed for Madrid in a deal worth £130million from Chelsea last summer, after an outstanding final season at Stamford Bridge where he won the Europa League trophy.
But he has struggled this season with form and fitness, despite Zinedine Zidane’s side winning the LaLiga title, yet former Madrid boss Capello has backed the Belgian to come back stronger next season.
Eden Hazard had a difficult first season at Real Madrid, struggling with his form and fitness
Former Madrid boss Fabio Capello says the weight of the shirt has been a burden on Hazard
‘Of course, he hasn’t been the same as he was at Chelsea,’ former Madrid head coach Capello told Spanish outlet Marca.
‘He has been injured for a long time, he has not adapted. I’ve always thought of him as a great player.
‘But let’s be clear, the Real Madrid shirt weighs a lot and Hazard has sunk this year. It is clear that next season will be much better.’
Hazard scored just once for his new club this season in LaLiga, also registering just three assists in 16 appearances.
The Belgian attacker scored just once in LaLiga for his new club, but did win the Spanish title
The 29-year-old was out injured for four months after injuring his ankle against PSG in the Champions League in November.
His return to action was then pushed back by another three months due to the coronavirus outbreak, but he played his part as Madrid won 10 games on the trot to clinch the Spanish title in the restart.
He will hope to play a part next month too as Zidane’s side attempt to overhaul a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Manchester City in the last-16 of the Champions League.