Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois says ‘we can’t kill Eden Hazard by making him believe he’s average’
‘We can’t kill Eden Hazard by making him believe he’s average’: Thibaut Courtois backs his Real Madrid team-mate to prove he can still be ‘one of the best in the world’ despite injuries
- Eden Hazard moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019 for £89m plus bonuses
- But the attacker has had no impact and has scored just five goals for Madrid
- Injury has limited him to 54 appearances, including just 11 this season
- Hazard has been dropped from the starting XI and has been linked with a move
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said striker Eden Hazard still wants to succeed at the club, despite being hampered by injuries and poor form since his arrival in 2019.
30-year-old Belgium international Hazard joined from Chelsea to Real Madrid for a reported £89million plus bonuses in 2019.
But he failed to make the same impact at the Bernabeu as he did at Stamford Bridge, as his LaLiga career was hampered by injury.
Thibaut Courtois (left) said striker Eden Hazard (right) still wants to succeed at Real Madrid
The goalkeeper believes that the attacker’s talent as one of the best players in the world has not disappeared
The attacker scored just four goals in 21 games across all competitions last season and has yet to find the net this season, having made 11 appearances so far. As a result, he has lost his place in the starting XI and has been linked to a move.
Carlo Ancelotti seems open to letting the attacker leave and is adamant that he will be free to go if he wants to.
The Madrid boss, who returned in the summer for his second stint at the club, issued a scathing indictment of Hazard’s prospects at the Bernabeu.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti (left) told Hazard (right) to hold out for limited minutes in Madrid
He said the Belgian has to accept that he did not get into the pecking order and admitted that he preferred other players.
Hazard has not started a game since their shocking 2-1 home loss in the Champions League to Sheriff Tiraspol in September and was not included in the squad for Wednesday’s return game in Moldova.
But compatriot and Madrid team-mate Courtois defended Hazard and insisted it won’t be easy for him to return to top form after injury.
“I have known Eden for a long time and know that it was his dream to play for Real Madrid. It’s a shame it hasn’t gone the way everyone would like yet,” Courtois said.
Courtois admits it is not easy for his Real Madrid team-mate to return to his best form
“I see he has the desire and the joy and he wants to help the team. He is looking for improvement. It’s not easy to get back into your best form if you haven’t played in the past 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 he’ll come back, so we can’t kill him believing he’s an average player because he’s not.”
Real Madrid top Group D in the Champions League with nine points from four games, two points ahead of Inter Milan and Sheriff one point further in third.