Real Madrid Looking ahead to 2020/21 campaign
Eden Hazardhas had an injury-hit debut season atReal Madrid, which has led to the Belgian recognising that it has not been how he wanted it to go.
His recent injury, an ankle knock picked up againstLevanteon February 22, required surgery and was thought to have ruled him out for effectively the rest of the campaign prior to the coronavirus-enforced break, howeverHazardis only thinking about the 2020/21 campaign now.
“My first season at Madrid has been bad, but none all of it,”Hazardadmitted in an interview with RTBF.
“It’s been a season of adaptation.
“I’ll be judged on the second one.
“It’s up to me to be in good shape next year.
“The group is good; it’s been a great experience for me.
“I still have four years left on my contract.”
The hope was thatHazardwould be back in time forEuro 2020, but due to the postponement of the tournament until 2021, he now has an extra year to ensure that he is in tip-top shape.
“I was expecting to reach it, so I was disappointed by the change,” he added.
“I had planned to play it.
“We’ll have another year in 2021, which is a shame, but my ankle will allow me to get back in shape.
“I think it’s difficult for the fans because they want to see an international tournament every summer, which is a shame for them.
“But I also think there are priorities in life.
“I was going to get there, to do whatever it takes for the first few games.
“I would have worked for it, but since I got injured I had already done a lot… I would have been in good shape no matter what.
“I would have had a lack of pace, of course, but you don’t lose your quality.”
Hazardlives in Madrid, which is one of the worst affected cities with regard to the coronavirus outbreak, but he is simply following the Spanish government’s instructions and is staying inside.
“I’m fine! Always inside the house, taking care of myself,”Hazardnoted.
“I’m doing better, they took the stitches out one week ago.
“Now I’m working a little harder.
“I can walk now, so everything is fine!”
Despite following the Spanish government’s orders,Hazardis worried about transmitting coronavirus to others.
“I’m not saying that I can’t catch it, but I’m inside the house,”Hazardstated.
“No one is visiting, we can’t see anyone… I’m a little afraid, like everyone else, but I’m especially afraid of transmitting it to others; that’s the most troubling thing.
“We have people to take care of ourselves.
“I am worried about the weakest people, who have more problems.”