‘Hazard is fit, I just prefer other players’, says Ancelotti

Eden Hazard Real Madrid
Eden Hazard Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he prefers other players to a fit-again Eden Hazard.

Since his move from Chelsea in 2019, the Belgian has endured a torrid time at Madrid because of fitness issues. He has made just 51 appearances for the Spanish giants in over two years at the club. 

The 30-year-old has been restricted to just four starts in seven La Liga matches in which he has featured this season and has played in just one of Madrid’s Champions League matches. He has also started this season behind youngster Vinicius Junior in the pecking order and was an unused substitute for Madrid as they beat Barcelona 2-1 on Sunday despite being fit.

And according to Ancelotti, Hazard can become a star at Real Madrid, but he also admits that he prefers to put other players ahead of the Belgian in the starting XI.

He told reporters: “He can play 4-3-3 on the left or 4-4-2 above or behind the striker. He is ready to play, but the problem is that there is a coach who prefers another player.

“He does not have a star status at Madrid because he has had many injuries and little by little he will have his best version.

“I am sure that this season we will see his best version and that he will play more than he is doing now.

“Hazard has it. Everything: quality, motivation. He has to endure, what happens is that sometimes the coach prefers other players “