Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has today spoken out over suggestions that he has not been in shape for much of his time in the Spanish capital thus far.
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Following months of mounting speculation, Zinedine Zidane’s Blancos finally clinched the signing of Chelsea star man Hazard back in June.
The Belgian made the move to the Bernabeu for an initial fee of £89 million, despite having had just a year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
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Taking to Facebook on the back of his ‘dream’ transfer being made official, Hazard posted the following message to Chelsea’s fans:
‘Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date.’
‘I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams.’
‘Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other club.’
‘I’m in good shape’
However, despite having arrived in Madrid amid widespread fanfare, Hazard has since struggled to live up to expectations over the early months of the season.
A combination of injury issues and a lack of form have seen the Belgian notch just a solitary goal, across 11 appearances.
Hazard has, all told, looked some way short of his unquestionable best.
Many, though, have suggested that the former Chelsea talisman’s struggles have in fact come as a result of Hazard being some way overweight.
Speaking recently, Arsene Wenger certainly appeared to agree with such claims:
‘I think it was more down to physical reasons. He became too heavy and what you read in the papers.’
If you want to make a horse lose a race, you put two kilos on a horse of 500kgs. And that’s enough.’
Hazard himself, though, has since responded to question marks over his fitness.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, the 28-year-old assured that he is in fine physical condition:
‘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.’