Eden Hazard has revealed his frustration over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid, insisting he feels ‘good’ but is not satisfied with his opportunities.
Hazard has struggled for fitness throughout his time at Real since a €100m transfer from Chelsea in 2019 – he has managed just seven goals in 70 appearances in more than three years in Madrid, compared to 21 goals in 52 games in his final season alone in London.
Having previously missed games through injury, the 31-year-old has not had the same issues so far in 2022/23 and has been included in every matchday squad. But he been a back-up option, starting just once – against Mallorca – and playing no more than an hour on either occasion.
Vinicius Junior has had a place on the left flank nailed down for more than a year, with Ancelotti also favouring Rodrygo and Federico Valverde ahead of Hazard this season.
Looking ahead to the World Cup, the Belgian now has concerns that he may not be in peak physical condition to perform at what could be his last tournament on the global stage.
“They have been difficult times because I want to play and I don’t play,” he explained to Belgian media after facing Wales in the UEFA Nations League.
“I feel good at Real Madrid, I just play less. And when I play, I play well. It is a delicate situation because I want to play more. I know what I can do, I want to scratch the maximum number of minutes to get to the World Cup in good shape.”
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Andrea Agnelli & Pavel Nedved among Juventus directors to offer shock resignation
Juventus have been rocked by the stunning resignations of their entire board, including president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved.
Numerous reports in Italy claim that the entire Juventus board of directors offered their shock resignations during a meeting on Monday evening.
CEO Maurizio Arrivabene is expected to remain at the club and assume control of Juventus while the new boardroom structure is finalised over the coming months.
Agnelli became Juventus chairman in 2010 and is also vice-chairman of the European Super League, having represented one of the three remaining supporters of the competition alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.
His attachment to the Super League has attracted significant criticism, as has his management of Juventus, who have spent heavily in recent years but have fallen behind their rivals, both in Serie A and in Europe.
Juventus finished fourth in Serie A last season and entered the World Cup break in third, ten points behind leaders Napoli.
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