|Desc||Irresistible at his absolute best and one of the very few players capable of not only deciding games on his own, but doing so without the help of team-mates. The Belgian showcases total control when dribbling the ball, a skill he can stake claim to be the very best at throughout his time in the league. The finest player in the league in two title-winning seasons, Hazard is a true Premier League great who may only be appreciated when he has gone|
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|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2013 12 30 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard on Mourinho] Mourinho is the best coach in the world. He is not God, but he almost is
2016 09 09 Retrieve
[Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard reveals how life has been under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte] Conte puts trust in his players and now we are good after an ugly season last year. I’ve always been the same player, but Conte knows how to treat players, having played at the highest level himself
2016 11 12 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard tells he wants to be one of the top-five footballers in the world] Last season I wasn’t good, so for me it’s normal that I’m not on the list. I want to come back and give everything to be on the list – not to be in the top 23, but to be in the top five. I want to reach this level
2017 02 11 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard speaks after scoring against Arsenal in a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge] When I get a lot of kicks, I feel I’m really in the game. When people don’t touch me, that means I’m not doing well, I’m no good
2017 03 10 Retrieve
[Quotes on Frank Lampard] He is respected by everyone [. . .]. You can’t help but learn from having players like Frank around you when you’re training and playing alongside him every day. I remember my very first training session with the club and we had a break and Frank said: ‘Can I get you some water, do you want a drink?’ It was incredible. As the new guy I felt like I should have been the one to be getting Frank, who has won so many trophies, water. But that is what he was like
Having the chance to spend two seasons alongside him, you just learn what an exemplary player and professional he is. You got the feeling that this was a player respected by everybody and everywhere - not just in the club but outside too.
I watched how hard Frank was working at training despite having won so much already (11 major trophies with Chelsea in all) and knew I had to do the same. As a youngster you can’t help but be inspired by people like Frank. He sustained his career at the highest level till the age of 36 and that is not for any reason. He worked hard at his game physically and technically
2017 03 11 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard praises team-mate N’Golo Kante] One on the left and one on the right. I think I’m playing with twins. He is a fantastic player, he helps the team a lot and we are happy to have him on the team
2017 11 Retrieve
[Hazard admitts his admiration for Madrid] Madrid interest me, everyone knows. If they want to sign me, they know what they have to do
2017 11 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard talks about former Blues team-mate and close friend Mohamed Salah] He did not get his chance at Chelsea – maybe because of the manager, because of the other players? I don’t know. He has quality but in that period I remember we had me, Willian, Oscar, so for him it was not easy. But he’s a top player, for sure, and we know as a team the quality he has. He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals
2017 12 Retrieve
[Hazard admitts his admiration for Madrid] You know I have always liked Real Madrid, even before Zidane. After this year I have a year left on my contract, so we’ll see
2018 01 06 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard responds to Thibaut Courtois’ comments and says his re-signing with Chelsea may be dependent on his Belgian counter-part doing the same] (Laughs) I’m going to say the same thing as Courtois: first he has to sign, then I might follow. I don’t know who’ll be the first to sign a new deal. That’s a secret
2018 11 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard on the Ballon d’Or] I do not deserve the Ballon d’Or. I think there are players, who have been better than me. I would have said Luka Modric, but he plays a little less well since August or September, so if we take into account the beginning of the season, I would say Kylian Mbappe. The goal for me is not to have the Ballon d’Or, it is to maximise fun on the pitch. If I win it one day, so much the better, if I don’t, it will not be a problem
2019 01 19 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard tells who he thinks is the best footballer of all time] Two G.O.A.T.s you say? No way. There is only one G.O.A.T [Greatest Of All Time]: Him, Lionel Messi!
2019 01 25 Retrieve
[Chelsea star Eden Hazard says Gonzalo Higuain is the striker to finally replace Diego Costa] I like to play with top, top players. At Chelsea I was able to play with one of the best in Costa for three years. I think Higuain is one of the best at the moment.
He has scored a lot of goals. When you see his career he has done it everywhere, Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus. I think he can do the same here.
This season we have been playing good but we missed the guy to score just one goal. We have had a few games where we have played well and in the end we finished with zero goals, even though we created chances.
It was like that against Spurs. If we had a striker that could score three goals, the game would have finished 5-1. But that hasn’t been the case. Higuain can do that. He is a top scorer, he can score anywhere.
Have we missed a striker like Costa since he left? Yes of course. I like playing with Giroud and Morata, but when Olivier is playing he is doing his best for the side, he is more of a team player than a striker that just scores goals.
Diego was sometimes not the kind of player to play a one-two with, but in the box he was amazing. He just scores one goal, we won and you have the three points. That’s what we need.
I think Higuaín is this kind of player, he can also link with the winger with the midfield, and he can also be the proper striker. Can he make a big impact for the rest of the season? Yes, I hope so
[Hazard clearly hopes Higuain’s arrival means he won’t be asked to lead the line anymore and added] My position is more winger than No 9. I try to have fun with my striker and the other winger. When the striker is there it’s good for me
We all know that I like to play the give and go with my striker so if the forward just goes deep, I’m going to be in trouble. Giroud understands this and that is why I like to play with him. I think Higuain is going to do the same
[The 28-year-old has also made it clear he has no issues with Sarri after the Italian said on the eve of the match that he was not a leader and didn’t do enough] The manager has to say something and he will say it. We are men, we are big men. We can talk together. There is no problem at all.
2019 02 03 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard reveals biggest difference between ‘unbelievable’ Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud] He’s a great striker. He’s a bit less of a target man than (Olivier) Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches. He’s intelligent. In the box he’s unbelievable. He will score more goals
2019 03 23 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard had kind words for both when asked to compare the Real Madrid coach and his own for Belgium] I have a lot of respect for [Zinedine Zidane]. He was my idol. Thanks to him I began playing. But for the wins achieved with [Roberto Martinez], I choose him
2019 03 30 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard speaks about Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil] This victory against Brazil was my best game in the individual aspect as well as the collective one. I perfectly succeeded in everything I was trying to do. Just like the team. We were not seen as the favourites, as Brazil is one of the best nations. We had trouble in the second half and had a bit of luck too. But it’s still the most accomplished thing I have achieved, all teams included. The best result in the history of Belgium. We lost in the semi-finals against France on a corner. I will remember the feeling we left. We were not the best. But all the testimonials that I receive tell me that the most beautiful team was Belgium, I like to emphasise the pleasure and the memory that we have left
2019 07 23 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard stressed the importance of winning trophies every season at Real Madrid] When you play for Real Madrid you need to win things every season. You need to win, win, win. If you don’t win the Champions League the fans get down and that’s to be expected. At this club you always want to win and that’s why I’m here. I want to play games, score goals and, come the end of the season, lift trophies
I play with freedom. That’s difficult in football because there are defenders, midfielders… but that’s the kind of player I am. If I don’t have that freedom I don’t play well and end up on the bench. I like to get on the ball, move to the right, to the left, shift around and play with my instinct. I don’t think: I have to do this, play the ball to the right, to the left. I just play, get on the ball and decide what to do
: 2019 07 23 Willian claims he will be inheriting the Chelsea number ten shirt from Eden Hazard.
: 2019 07 26 Eden Hazard and Virgil van Dijk have been chosen as the cover stars for FIFA 20, EA Sports have confirmed
2019 07 26b Retrieve
[Speaking of the honour of becoming the latest cover star for the new FIFA 20 game] FIFA is the biggest football game on the planet, and I have been playing it for years against my brothers. I am lucky to have been on the cover before but to be on FIFA 20 globally is amazing and I hope to excite as many gamers as I do when I take the field for Real Madrid this season!
2019 07 26b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard says Christian Pulisic can become one of the best players in the world as the American international looks to fill his boots at Chelsea] [Pulisic] can be one of the best in the future for sure. He can be [a star]. Now he’s at one of the best clubs in the world… he’s a proper player
: 2019 07 31 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the 10 players nominated for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award. The shortlist, which takes into accounts achievements from July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2019, was compiled by a panel of experts and also comprises of former Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool double act Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and PSG ace Kylian Mbappe
: 2019 08 03 Willian will wear the No.10 shirt at Chelsea in the 2019-20 season, succeeding Eden Hazard after the Belgian attacker left to join Real Madrid.
2019 08 08 Retrieve
[Real Madrid star Eden Hazard was very pleased to open his account for the La Liga giants in their 1-0 friendly win against Salzburg] When you’re out on the pitch, you want to win the game and being a forward, you want to score goals. I’d been waiting for this moment for the last five games and it’s happened today. I’m very pleased. It’s still pre-season, but I think we’ve got more energy now. We’ve still got another 10 days before our first competitive game so we have to focus and keep working hard. Our aim is to be ready for next week, we can’t wait to start La Liga so we’re training and practising hard
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Hazard takes on Cristiano Ronaldo’s No. 7 shirt at Real Madrid] I’d been waiting for this moment for the last five games and it’s happened today. I’m very pleased
2019 08 10 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard learned a lot from former coaches Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri but revealed he is in ‘seventh heaven’ at playing under his footballing idol Zinedine Zidane] As a child I dreamed of one day wearing Real Madrid’s shirt. When Real knock on your door you can do only one thing: open it. At Chelsea I spent unforgettable years, but here I am in seventh heaven. One of my idols, as a child, was Zinedine Zidane. I had his poster in the room and now I have the opportunity to be trained by him
[Hazard backed Lukaku for success in Serie A, and urged Italian supporters not to underestimate the former Manchester United striker] He is a fantastic striker, a bomber who knows how to adapt to all the conditions of the game. He will score a lot - and this is important for a striker - but it would be a mistake to consider him just for that. He can do many things. For example, he is a specialist for creating what we call ‘second plays’. Everyone plays better with him in the team
[Asked whether Conte or newly installed Juventus coach Sarri had the bigger impact on him] I learned a lot from them both. They are different from each other in terms of character and football ideas, but they have one thing in common: they are two winners. They have a marked style, and they know which messages to give to players
2019 08 16 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard has picked up an untimely hamstring injury] After the tests carried out after training today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Eden Hazard has been diagnosed with a lesion in the anterior rectus of the left thigh
2019 08 28 Retrieve
[It is not the first time Eden Hazard has featured on the cover of a FIFA game, having joined Messi on the front of FIFA 15 - but in the United Kingdom only] I am lucky to have been on the cover before but to be on FIFA 20 globally is amazing and I hope to excite as many gamers as I do when I take the field for Real Madrid this season!
2019 09 13 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard is ready to make his Real Madrid debut this weekend but Zinedine Zidane intends to take extreme caution with his fit-again star signing] We have to go little by little with him. He’s been injured for three weeks. He’s back training this week. We all want to see him play. We’ve got seven games in 21 days. We have to go carefully with him. We know what the situation is – he’s ready and that’s the most important thing. I’ll be the one in charge of giving him minutes here and there and not trying to push him too much, trying to get the best out of him. We’ve got a lot of matches coming up, not just this one tomorrow, and we need to use our heads with Eden Hazard. So let’s be calm. We’re all ready and so is he
[Madrid have been riddled with fitness issues throughout the early part of the new season] Everyone tries to do the best for the players. Luka played two games in four days [with Croatia]. That’s what happens. We can’t think too much about it, we just want Luka to get fit quickly to help us. The fact he’s injured now and can’t play tomorrow, we just have to accept it
I think all the clubs have similar problems. The fact we’ve got a lot of international players as well makes things difficult. But we work well on the training field, we’ve got the best backroom staff, I trust them, so we just hope after the injury to Luka we don’t have any more
2019 09 14 Retrieve
[Today is the start of something beautiful, vows Eden Hazard after Real Madrid debut] I am very happy that I was able to come on. When you’ve been out for a while, it’s important to get some rhythm. I hope today is the start of something beautiful for me at this club. I want to enjoy my football, my team-mates, and Real Madrid. This stadium is unique, I felt the support and three points are good for our confidence
[The Madrid boss spoke of the added attacking drive Hazard brought to his side, adding that he wasn’t concerned by his side’s defensive performance] Hazard brought a lot of verticality into the game and was very good on the ball. But what he needs now is to train more. He has only done four workouts with the team. The defence doesn’t worry me, although we have to improve and we are going to do it. The second half was more complicated for us, especially at the beginning. When the opponent scores a goal after three minutes it is difficult. But we got three points. We must not look for excuses, the important thing is to keep the first part of the game and play more minutes as the first part. We can improve a lot, we have to play better
2019 09 17 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard believes Real Madrid supporters are more fanatical than their Chelsea counterparts] think that here the fans are really fans. In England there are not so many fans, people there like football and everyone, young people, adults, teenagers, are really interested in their football, but they are not so fanatical about their teams. At the time I was in Chelsea and we lost, we were disappointed as were the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster. It is different in Spain. Football is everything to them and it is up to the players to give everything
When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League. That is why I think there is so much expectation placed on this competition and that is why the club has won it more than any other team
[Hazard even admitted that he had not planned on playing in England for seven years] When I was at Chelsea, I already knew that my dream was to play for [Real Madrid] someday. I hadn’t expected to play seven years at Chelsea, but in the end everything went well and I had the chance to win something every year. I think that’s why I stayed there so long
2019 09 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard believes Real Madrid ‘can dream of a great season’ despite an indifferent start to the campaign in both La Liga and the Champions League] When you play for Real Madrid you have to win every game, that’s how it is, that’s why it’s the best club in the world, because you always have that pressure. But we have a quality team. It was difficult but we won at Sevilla, a stadium where it is never easy. In the Champions League too, it’s still important even if we lost our first game against Paris, but we can dream of a great season with the team we have
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid. It is a date that new Galactico Eden Hazard is especially looking forward to] f you play football, you know the feelings and passion that these matches bring, especially as it’s two teams from the same city. I want to score, win and make the fans happy. The key to winning? Mentality, you need to want it more
2019 09 30 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard accepts he still has to prove he can be considered a so-called ‘Galactico’ after a slow start to life in La Liga] I am not yet a galactico, I have to be the one to prove that I can be out on the pitch. We all know the history of the number seven jersey in this club and I have to be the one to prove that I can be the best in the world. I want to enjoy myself on the pitch, give the maximum, not only in games but also in training. I don’t doubt myself, I don’t doubt my coach. It’s all a matter of trust. I’m confident and sure everything will work out fine. The criticism doesn’t affect me. I haven’t noticed much. I know when I work to the fullest, everyone expects me to score three goals in each match. I think I can do better, I am also critical of myself, but working every day. Maybe I have a little delay because of the injury, but I am 100 per cent. I now have to demonstrate my level and improve so the fans are proud of me
2019 10 05 Retrieve
[Hazard the €100m Galactico finally turns up at Real Madrid] I’m not a Galactico yet
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Hazard says first Real Madrid goal will give him confidence but wins are more important] I am pleased with the win. When you play you want to score, but the crucial thing was getting the win. We are still top of the league, that was our aim today. It’s always difficult to get that first goal, but once you get it you have greater confidence to shoot and I hope to score lots of goals for this great club. It was important for me to score today
[Although the final scoreline looked comfortable, Granada gave Hazard’s team a scare, bringing the game back to 3-2 from a 3-0 deficit before an injury-time James Rodriguez goal sealed the three points] It was a really hard-fought win because Granada played really well. They’re a strong side and that’s why they’re second in La Liga. But we gave our all throughout the 90 minutes and won the game. There’s always room for improvement, but that’s three important points
2019 10 06b Retrieve
[On Real Madrid after a 4-2 win over Granada on Saturday, Federico Valverde assisted Hazard’s first goal for the club with the Belgian grateful to finally find the back of the net] It’s always difficult to get that first goal, but once you get it you have greater confidence to shoot and I hope to score lots of goals for this great club. It was important for me to score today
2019 10 29 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard has admitted filling Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt at Real Madrid has proven a challenge] Taking this shirt after Cristiano isn’t easy, he’s historic. We’re going to give our all to win everything, we have to lift a trophy. I know the Champions League is important. I’m here to win it, it’s important for everyone and myself included. I’m at the best club in the world and I hope to give my best
2019 10 29b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard admits that he had made his mind up to leave Chelsea in 2018] I’d already made my mind up after the World Cup and I said to myself: ‘I have to join Real Madrid now. That wasn’t possible and I spent another year at Chelsea and that made my departure easier. The club understood it and allowed me to leave
My dream was always to play for Real Madrid, the greatest team in the world, and so far I’m happy. Courtois always told me that this was the best club. I also spoke to [Luka] Modric and got the impression that they all wanted to see me at Real Madrid and it finally happened
2019 10 30 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard says he is loving the experience of learning from one of his childhood idols, Zinedine Zidane, as his Real Madrid career kicks into gear] For anyone in football, Zidane is a role model. He excited everyone when he played. When I was a kid, I loved him, I watched his games and wanted to watch Zidane do whatever he did, I loved everything about him. After he retired, I didn’t think that he’d go into management so soon. However, the way things have turned out, he has ended up here and so have I. Having my idol as my manager means that learning things from him makes me happy. He’s honest and talks to you when he needs to, he was a player himself and knows what us players need
2019 11 17 Retrieve
[Hazard praises Lampard impact at Chelsea] I wasn’t surprised about Frank Lampard. I know Frank as a player, not a manager, but he is a great guy. He has shown already in four months that he can be one of the best managers in the world. The good thing is they are playing with young English players. They are lucky to have young players with quality. Maybe with two or three more they would be first in the Premier League. When I saw them play it was nice to see them all play together. I still have friends there are want them to do well
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Hazard backs Belgium to contend at Euro 2020 after falling short at the World Cup] We have two years more experience than at the World Cup, two more years with the coach. We know each other better, we have young players … I think we are stronger. We have developed the winning mentality that we didn’t have enough at Euro 2016 and the World Cup. But if we end up fourth in the European Championship then we will be less strong
We are among the favourites, for sure. But we are not alone. France, Italy, Spain, England are also serious opponents
2019 11 19b Retrieve
[Real Madrid and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard claims to be in good condition despite seeing his weight questioned by Arsene Wenger] For the last month I’ve been in good condition with no injuries. I’m in good shape. When I’m on the pitch I will always try to do my best, with Real Madrid or Belgium. I just want to keep this momentum
[Hazard has maximised his talent to become a superstar at club level and a man with 105 caps for his country] It’s good to play our last game at home, especially when you have qualified already. You have nothing to play for, but you hope for a party with the fans against Cyprus. We had a problem with winning away so it won’t be easy but hopefully we can score some goals, keep a clean sheet and keep the fans happy
2019 11 19c Retrieve
[Eden Hazard says Karim Benzema is the best striker in the world] After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world. But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better
You can always do better, of course. I think that with Real Madrid, for the last month, everything has been going very well. We’re winning games and the team is improving well, which also makes it easier for me. I’m feeling good and I want to continue like this
2019 11 19d Retrieve
[Madrid star impressed by Lampard’s revolution at Stamford Bridge] When I watch them, no Hazard, but it’s a party! They can score a lot of goals, the fans are happy and they are third in the league. It’s going to be a great season, now they just need to stay there
[When asked if he would have liked the opportunity to play in Lampard’s free-flowing side] Yes, of course. When you play with great players it’s easy. We all know the likes of Willian and Jorginho are really good, and there are the younger players coming through. It’s great to see the club on a high and I hope they can stay there
[The Blues were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City back in February but Hazard thinks his former club can achieve a more positive result this time around] Of course [Chelsea can beat City], I think so. It’s not going to be easy, it’s hard to play there. Last time we played there, we lost 6-0, so bad memories for me and Chelsea. But this season I think they are really good. Still really young, but really good, so why not go there and win the game
2019 11 19e Retrieve
[Eden Hazard Praises Karim Benzema & Speaks Out on Ongoing Rift With French Football Federation] After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world. But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better
[Regarding Benzema’s current situation with the FFF] I feel for him. It’s always easier to play against a team that doesn’t have Benzema in it.
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Hazard reveals he rejected multiple offers from PSG while at Chelsea prior to Real Madrid move] They [PSG] often wanted to recruit me. I did not want to go back to Ligue 1, and not to another club other than Lille. I always told them no. In my head, it was clear. They are a club that could help me win the Champions League. But it was not in my plans. If I ever come back to Ligue 1, it will be with Lille
2019 11 21b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard insists he would only ever return to France to play for Lille] I will never play for PSG. They have wanted me many times. I don’t have any intention to return to a Ligue 1 club other than Lille. I have always said no to them [PSG]
In my head everything is clear. It is a team that would give you a chance of winning the Champions League, but they are not among my priorities. If I return to Ligue 1, it will be Lille
[Asked whether Chelsea can win at Manchester City this Saturday] Of course I think so. It’s not going to be easy. It’s hard to play there. Last time we played them we lost 6-0, so bad memories for me and for Chelsea as well but I think this season they are really good. They are really young, but they are really good, so why not go there and win the game?
When I watch them, no Hazard but it’s a party! They can score, they score a lot of goals, the fans are happy, they are third in the league, so it’s going to be a great season. They just need to stay there, win games and that’s it
2019 11 22 Retrieve
[Even though he is now on the outside looking in, Hazard can see that Chelsea are now a team brimming with belief] It is not going to be easy. It is hard to play there, the last time we played there was 6-0. Bad memories for Chelsea and me as well. But this season they are really good; really young, but really good. Why not go there and win the game?
2019 11 22b Retrieve
[Hazard reveals he was overweight when joining Real Madrid & accepts his form wasn’t good enough] It’s true. I’m not going to hide it, but when I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation. I had put on five kilos, I’m the type to put on quickly and lose so quickly if I’m careful. When I was 18, in Lille, I was 72 or 73 kg. Muscle mass was 75 kg, on a bad day, 77 kg. I was 80 kg this summer, I lost it in 10 days
[The Belgium international added on a tough first two months at the Bernabeu] I was not good, simply. I said to myself ‘start playing well’. The first two months, in what I was proposing, it was not enough. I thought, I can do better, I’ve felt better for a month now. I dribble, I accelerate and I try to make others play well. I do not do everything right but I try The first two months, I said to myself ‘you’re new, be simple’. Too many passes, people waited for me to dribble
2019 11 22c Retrieve
[Things went even worse for Maurizio Sarri last season, when he ditched the defensive approach employed by Conte to boldly go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola. The result was a 6-0 defeat – Chelsea’s heaviest for 28 years] It is not going to be easy. It is hard to play there, the last time we played there was 6-0. Bad memories for Chelsea and me as well. But this season they are really good; really young, but really good. Why not go there and win the game?
2019 11 23 Retrieve
[Hazard claims that life under Zidane at the Bernabeu has been a far cry from the monotony of training ground routines with Conte and Sarri] The training is always with the ball. When you have experimented with Italians, as I have done with Conte or Sarri, you have much less fun. Everything is more
[When asked to compare Sarri’s style of management to Zidane’s] It’s hard to compare. I was attracted to Zidane at Madrid and felt very identified. He fascinates me and has even some power over me. During Euro 2016 he told me: ‘It would be good if you came’. And when Zidane calls you it’s hard to say no. He loves his players and you feel that the dressing room is happy to have him as a coach
[Hazard went on to admit that he realised a life-long dream when he arrived in the Spanish capital] It was a dream to get here. Ever since I started playing in my garden as a kid, they were the club I supported. Zidane was my idol. When I watched him on television he was magic. The stadium, when I saw it on television, was magical. And the white jersey, impeccable. For me it was exceptional
2019 11 23b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard on Karim Benzema] I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world
2019 11 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard has backed one of Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk to win this year’s Ballon d’Or] I’ll give it to a Liverpool player. Mane, Salah or Van Dijk deserve it. If Sadio had won the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, there would have been no debate. It would be nice if he had it. Or Momo, who is a friend of mine. It would be good for African football and for English football
Having the Ballon d’Or would make me super happy, but I do not have an obsession. I have always been a guy who plays for the team. When I go onto the field, I don’t think about scoring three goals to have more of a chance in the race for the Ballon d’Or. Maybe I’ll never have it. Maybe I’ll win it once or twice. I first try to get my foot on the ground, we’ll see what it will bring
When I enter the field, I don’t think that Cristiano was there before me and that I must do better than him. I will not score more goals than Cristiano Ronado, for sure. But I will try to bring what I can do. In fact, what was complicated when I arrived was that two or three days before the first match I was injured and I took four weeks to recover. It delayed my preparation
People were right [to say I was overweight]. I was coming out of three weeks of vacation and I enjoyed it. I have always been a player who relaxed a little during the summer. I knew that at Real I would be criticised more than at Chelsea, but that’s not a problem
2019 11 24b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard says he would love the opportunity to play with Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid] He has the talent. In a few years, he will surely be the best player in the world. Plenty of players can claim this title. But if he continues like this, Kylian will be one of the greatest players in history. A football player always dreams of playing with the best. If tomorrow I can bring Kylian [to Real Madrid], I will try. But not only am I not not the one who decides, I do not think anybody will ask about my opinion
[Hazard refused to be drawn on the reasons behind Benzema’s international exclusion] Benzema in the France team? Ah, these are French problems. Me, I can judge only on the performances. And in this area, it is not normal that Karim is not called. And I’m not saying that to please him or because he’s my partner. Karim is the best current striker. He scores, he plays for the best club in the world. The France team is already strong without Karim. With him, they would be even more so. [Though] for us, the Belgians, it is better that there is no Benzema
2019 11 24c Retrieve
[Eden Hazard admitts that he’s hoping Kylian Mbappe joins him at Real Madrid] If I could bring Mbappe [to Real Madrid] … he’ll be the best in the world within the next few years. There are many young players that have high potential but, if Kylian continues like this, he’ll be one of the best players in history. By 20 years old, I’d already been champion of France with Lille, but in terms of statistics, there’s no comparison [between me and Mbappe]. I was developing bit by bit. Mbappe is already in his peak at 20
[Eden Hazard talks about replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in the team] When I go out on to the pitch, I don’t think about the fact that Cristiano was here before me and that I have to do better than him. I’m not going to score more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo, that’s for sure, but I will try to bring what I know I can do. In fact, the difficult thing when I arrived was that I got injured two or three days before the first [LaLiga Santander] match and I was out for four weeks. This delayed my preparation
[Eden Hazard talks about Real Madrid’s expectations of him] Transfers are crazy these days. A footballer should never cost 100 million, but that’s the market [we’re in], I’m not thinking about what I cost. If I’d have cost five million, I would’ve played the same way
[Eden Hazard talks about his idol Zinedine Zidane] Zidane was my idol, [he was] a phenomenal player. I’ve enjoyed working with him for the last four months. I hope we win lots of titles together, that’s why I came to Real Madrid. But he’s no longer my idol, he’s my coach, like Maurizio Sarri or Antonio Conte were at Chelsea. It’s all about me now
2019 11 27 Retrieve
[Real Madrid have confirmed that Eden Hazard is suffering from a bruised leg] After the tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with an external bruise on his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Hazard doubtful for Clasico as Real Madrid reveal full extent of ankle injury] After the tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with an external bruise on his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed
Following tests carried out on our player, Eden Hazard, by Real Madrid’s medical department, the development of the perimalleolar bruising in his right leg has seen him diagnosed with an incomplete external microfracture in the aforementioned area. His recovery will continue to be assessed
[Real have said of the South American defender] Following tests carried out on our player, Marcelo, by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in his left soleus. His recovery will continue to be assessed
2019 12 14 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard claims that when he’s finished at Real Madrid he will go back to Chelsea] When I finish here I’ll come back
[Hazard added on keeping up to date with his old club’s progress under Frank Lampard] When I can I watch. Not all the time. They are doing well, they’re young. Now they can pay for players, they can buy players now
[When it was put to him that, with their transfer ban having been lifted, the Blues could look to sign Hazard] I do my job here and then I come back
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Quote on Zlatan] Zlatan has always played at the top level. He never had a low point in his career. Perhaps he had some bad games now and then, but that’s all. He has gained the respect of all his teammates and all his rivals. He is an example for every footballer
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[Hazard reveals why he was ‘less happy’ under Conte & Sarri at Chelsea] In training, we are always using the ball […] there’s movement and mini-matches. When you meet Italian coaches like I did (Conte, Sarri…) you are less happy. They are more rigid and repetitive. You find pleasure in victory. I spent three years with Italian coaches so to rediscover this pleasure again makes me happy
[Hazard went on to reveal that he spoke to Real boss Zinedine Zidane over the phone during Euro 2016] I didn’t talk much with him [before joining]. The first time was during the 2016 European Championship in France. He called me and said: ‘It would be good if you came’. When Zidane calls you, it’s serious!
2020 01 15b Retrieve
[Hazard explains how Madrid told Mariano Diaz to give up No.7 shirt for him after he chose No.50] At first it was from Mariano. I didn’t want to go ask him. It’s not my style. I knew that 10 was Modric. At Chelsea, I took the 17. Lucas Vázquez has it. I was free to have 16 but I didn’t want to. I said: ‘Give me 50’. And the club told Mariano: ‘You have to give Eden the 7’ - you can’t go higher than 25 in La Liga.
[The mercurial winger acknowledges the fact that his numbers have not been good enough] The only bad thing is the statistics. People just remember that. The first two months, what I did was not enough. I said to myself: ‘I can do better’. I really felt better after. I don’t do everything right, but I try. The first two months, I said to myself: ‘You are new, be simple’
[Hazard went on to discuss his experience of working under Zidane, describing the Frenchman as a normal guy] He does not talk too much. The first two or three months were not as I wanted. He told me to stay calm. ‘Be yourself,’ he repeated. He is a normal guy. He doesn’t complain about anything. He goes straight to the point. He loves his players. You feel that the group is happy that he is the coach. Even those who do not play. This is where you see that he understands what the players feel because he was on this side
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard responds when asked if he was overweight when he came to Madrid last summer] It’s true, I can’t lie. But if I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation
2020 02 16 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard back in Real Madrid lineup] I’m happy for the game but not for the result. I played 70 minutes and I was a little tired. We should have won the match, but we’re still league leaders and there’s a lot of the season still left
2020 02 23 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard: Real Madrid forward misses Man City Champions League clash] Following the tests carried out on our player, Eden Hazard, by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to his right distal fibula
2020 03 07 Retrieve
[Hazard: Haaland needs to give assists, he scores too much!] I think Haaland needs to give assists, he scores too much. Sometimes it’s good also to give assists. Last time I gave him one, so now it’s okay, it’s 1-1. And next time I will give him one again
2020 03 25 Retrieve
[Hazard: My first season at Real Madrid is bad, but not everything is bad] My first season at Madrid is bad, but not everything is bad. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year. The group is good, I have met new people. For me it is a great experience. I still have four years of contract, I hope be in good shape
[Hazard admitted to being worried about the pandemic] I’m not saying I can’t catch it, but I’m inside the house, nobody’s coming, we can’t see anyone. I’m a little scared, like everyone else, but I especially have to be careful not to pass it on to others [if I get it], that is the most delicate thing. We have to take care of ourselves. I am concerned about weaker people, who have more problems, yes
[He also understood fan disappointment at the postponement of Euro 2020] I had planned to play [in Euro 2020]. We will all have another year in 2021, which is a shame, but my ankle will allow me to return to be in shape. I think it is difficult for the fans because they want to see an international tournament every summer, for them it is a shame. But I also think that there are priorities in life that forced us to cancel. We are like everyone else, I will wait until the next year
2020 03 26 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard admits ‘bad’ first year at Real Madrid] My first season at Madrid has been bad - but not all of it. 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 on my contract. 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
2020 04 12 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard has been teaching his children some football skills despite his bad leg] I can’t teach them much. I’m working with a leg and a half, but I’m trying to improve them a little bit anyway with the technique
Madrid, the news is not a terrible thing. But hey, it’s good and we have a garden and I think there are many people who are having a worse time. We do what we can and we play a lot in the garden and the children follow school online. As I say, we can’t complain
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard reveals he struggles with the same thing as Ramsey with food] It’s complicated for me. I’m trying not to eat a lot. I’m trying not to go into the pantry to eat a lot of buns, but it’s not easy
2020 04 19 Retrieve
[Hazard’s rehabilitation efforts have been complicated by the onset of Covid-19] It’s complicated for me. I’m trying not to eat a lot. I’m trying not to go into the pantry to eat a lot of buns, but it’s not easy. I’m working with the physio online. He can’t come here anymore because he fell ill and has to stay at home. We started 10 days ago, but he sends me videos from home. I’m working to strengthen my ankle and I’m doing what I can from home.
[The 29-year-old has been teaching his children some football skills despite his bad leg] I can’t teach them much. I’m working with a leg and a half, but I’m trying to improve them a little bit anyway with the technique
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard: Why have Real Madrid not seen the best of the playmaker?] I’ve dreamt about this since I was little, I always supported Real Madrid. I will try to be the best in the world
[Fast forward eight months, however, and Hazard’s brutally honest assessment of his debut season at the Bernabeu pulled no punches] My first season at Madrid is bad. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year.
[How to solve a problem like replacing Ronaldo?] Taking this shirt after Cristiano isn’t easy, he’s historic
[Hazard is a very different character, though, as he hinted at during his unveiling] I’m not a Galactico, but I’ll try to be. For now, I’m Eden Hazard
2020 05 04b Retrieve
[Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?] I often ask myself what I can do to become like Messi and Ronaldo and get 50 or 60 goals in a season. I try, of course, but I realise that I will never be a true goalscorer like them. It’s not in me. It is mainly mental: at 2-0, not thinking that is enough for example. Sometimes I still think after a goal, ‘That’s enough’. I’m not in search of records like some other players – if I can score between 15 and 20 goals each season, I will be very happy
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Hazard returns from fractured ankle as Real Madrid resume training after coronavirus] he players have been working out since 10am under the direction of Zinedine Zidane and the strict health rules of the LFP protocol for the COVID-19 pandemic. Divided into two shifts and on various pitches, the Real Madrid players perform their first individual exercises with and without the ball
2020 05 18 Retrieve
[Hazard admits he needs more time to recover from ankle surgery despite returning to Real Madrid training] I feel very good to be back on the pitch working with my team-mates. Now we have to wait for the matches to come, but I’m very happy. After two months away I need more physical work and more ball work. I just want to be ready for the next game. Now the training is better, we can train the way we like to. The first week was a bit strange, but now we can train again in groups and also attacking the goal. We just want to be all together and try to work as a group
My first season at Madrid is bad, but not everything is bad. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year. The group is good, I have met new people. For me it is a great experience. I still have four years on my contract, I hope be in good shape.
2020 05 18b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard back in Real Madrid training and aiming to be ready for La Liga restart] Very good to be back on the pitch to work with the boys. We now just have to wait for the games but I’m very happy. After two months out, I need more fitness and more [training] with the ball. So, I just want to be ready for the next game. Now [the training sessions] are better. The first week was a bit strange but now we can be back in the group and with goalkeepers as well, so it’s more like we want. So now we want to be all together and try to work as a group
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[Belgium boss Martinez signs extension through to 2022 World Cup in Qatar] Okay, let’s see what coach we will get. Suspense, suspense, suspense… no way… it can’t be him. Oh… Roberto. The coach has signed! That’s great. The coach has signed! Ole! Ole!
Hi Romelu! All well? Did you see the coach has signed? Yes, isn’t it great news? Ok, bye bye!
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[La Liga cleared to restart from June 8. Football’s suspension came at a good time for Hazard, who was set to miss around two months with a fractured ankle] Very good to be back on the pitch to work with the boys. We now just have to wait for the games but I’m very happy. After two months out, I need more fitness and more [training] with the ball. So, I just want to be ready for the next game
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Hazard himself admitted with his characteristic modesty, he and his family had it far easier than most people during lockdown] We do what we can and we play a lot in the garden and the children follow school online. We can’t complain. I think there are many people who are having a worse time.
It’s been a year of transition. I will be judged on my second season. So, it is up to me to be in good shape next year.