Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez says Eden Hazard is ‘sad’ at Real Madrid but believes the 30-year-old is in his best shape since leaving Chelsea.
Hazard has failed to make an impact for Madrid following his £88.5 million move from Chelsea in 2019.
The Belgium international has been hampered by injuries throughout his time in the Spanish capital and has started just four of Madrid’s 12 games in La Liga this season.
Hazard has been linked with a return to Chelsea, as well as a move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window, but Martinez has urged Madrid to stand by the player.
‘Hazard is medically in his best moment since he arrived at Real Madrid,’ Martinez said on COPE’s show El Partidazo
‘He is sad in football terms, this is the first time that he is experiencing this situation.
‘He is a player who has always led winning projects and now he doesn’t have that role, but he is a footballer of exceptional talent and that is never lost, you have to have faith in him.’
Speaking before the international break, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said he would not stand in Hazard’s way if he pushed to leave the club.
‘Never in my career as a coach have I forced a player to stay when they want to leave,’ said Ancelotti.
‘In my own personal opinion I don’t have any doubts about that.’
It’s understood that Hazard is not looking to leave Madrid in January and is ready to fight for his place.
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