Thibaut Courtois insists that ‘we cannot kill Eden Hazard by making him believe that he is mediocre’ as the Real Madrid goalkeeper believes that his compatriot may still be ‘one of the best in the world’
- Eden Hazard moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 for £ 89 million plus bonuses
- But the forward has failed to make an impact, scoring just five goals for Madrid
- The injury has restricted him to 54 appearances, including just 11 this season.
- Hazard has been removed from the starting XI and linked with a move.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said forward Eden Hazard still wants to succeed at the club despite being plagued by injuries and poor form since arriving in 2019.
Belgian international Hazard, 30, joined Real Madrid from Chelsea for a total of £ 89 million plus bonuses in 2019.
But he failed to have the same impact at the Bernabéu as he did at Stamford Bridge, as his LaLiga career has been hampered by injury.
Thibaut Courtois (left) said forward Eden Hazard (right) still wants to succeed at Real Madrid
The forward scored just four goals in 21 appearances across all competitions last season and has yet to find the net this season, having played 11 times so far. As a result, he has lost his place in the starting eleven and has been linked to a move away.
Carlo Ancelotti seems willing to let the striker go and is convinced that he will be free to go if he so wishes.
The Madrid manager, who returned for his second spell at the club in the summer, gave a damning accusation about Hazard’s prospects at the Bernabéu.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti (left) told Hazard (right) to ‘hang on’ with limited minutes at Madrid
He said the Belgian must accept the fact that he has slipped down the pecking order and admitted that he preferred other players.
Hazard has not started a game since his shock 2-1 Champions League home loss to Sheriff Tiraspol in September and was not included in the squad for Wednesday’s second leg in Moldova.
But his compatriot and Madrid teammate Courtois defended Hazard, insisting that it is not easy for him to return to top form after injury.
“I have known Eden for a long time and I know that his dream was to play for Real Madrid. It’s a shame it hasn’t worked out yet, as everyone would like, ” Courtois said.
Courtois admits that it is not easy for his teammate at Real Madrid to regain his best form
“I see that he is eager, happy and wants to help the team. Seeks to improve. It’s not easy to get back to your best form when you haven’t played for the last two and a half years.
“He has shown throughout his career that he is one of the best players in the world. He hasn’t been able to show it lately, but that talent hasn’t gone away and I’m sure it will come back, so we can’t kill him thinking he’s an average player because he’s not. ‘
Real Madrid top Group D of the Champions League with nine points from four games, two points ahead of Inter Milan with the Sheriff one point behind in third place.