Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has revealed that his relationship with head coach Carlo Ancelotti has completely broken down and that they no longer communicate despite having respect for each other.
The Los Blancos paid an initial £89 million transfer fee to sign Hazard from Chelsea in 2019, with the total deal potentially exceeding £150 million due to various add-ons. The forward signed a five-year deal to become Real Madrid’s highest-paid player on a £470k per week salary.
Hazard, however, has struggled to replicate his stunning Chelsea performances at Madrid, with injuries and a lack of consistency plaguing his time in Spain.
This season, the former Chelsea star has only played 296 minutes in all competitions, contributing a single goal and an assist with his last appearance for the Los Blancos in the Copa Del Rey against Segunda division RFEF side CP Cacereno.
Despite being relegated to the squad’s periphery, Hazard recently stated that he has no intention of leaving the club this summer and intends to complete the final year of his contract, which is worth £470,000 per week.
The former Belgium international, who retired from International football after the 2022 FIFA World Cup also reveals the relationship he has with manager Carlo Ancelotti amid several contrasting reports of a feud between them.
“There is respect between us” Hazard said speaking to Belgian outlet RTBF.
“But I’m not going to say that we talk to each other, because we don’t talk to each other.”
“But there will always be respect. Even if tomorrow, he doesn’t make me play anymore.”
“I have to have respect for a guy like Carlo Ancelotti. What he represents for football, what he has done in his career, there is no problem.”
Eden Hazard has also confirmed his intention to stay at Real Madrid despite his limited playing time.
“I miss it, I want to play, I want to have fun on the field” Hazard said.
“I hope deep inside me that I can bring something and that the coach is still counting on me”.
“I would like to stay, I’ve always said that”.
“I hope to play and to show that I can still do it. People have doubts, that’s normal, I understand”.
“But for me, I’m still here next year. You never know, but a transfer is not in my plan”.