It’s been four months since Eden Hazard announced his retirement, seven since Real Madrid sacked the player on their social media following the expiration of his contract..
Since then he has maintained his residence in Madrid, from where he has given interviews to L’Equipe where he spoke with surprising openness and sincerity about his career, as well as his time spent in the white club.
It’s not me. This club is a bit boastful, and I’m not like that. I didn’t even like the style of play compared to other clubs. But this was my dream. I couldn’t get my degree without coming here.
A boastful club, but the biggest
“Now it’s easy to say. I’ve been a Zidane fan since childhood. Zidane was there, that’s why I loved Real Madrid.. The Bernabeu with a white shirt… has a charm that others don’t have. “Real Madrid is special,” Eden Hazard begins when asked by a journalist whether it would be a good idea for him to move to Real Madrid. Although he does not stop there and continues to evaluate the club, which, as he himself admits, was not suitable for him, but in the end he agreed because I saw it all as a dream: “It’s not me. This club is a bit boastful, and I’m not like that. I didn’t even like the style of play compared to other clubs. But this was my dream. I couldn’t get my degree without coming here.“.
Real Madrid always have the desire to fight for all the titles they challenge, and Hazard knew this and felt it, so he tried to change the situation: “This shows that Madrid is more than anything else. It’s a difficult game. “, he begins by talking about his former team. “Maybe I should have trained more. I also had the wrong injuries at the wrong time. Operation, memorial plaque, conclusion. I come back, it hurts, I force myself. In the second season I farted everywhere. Ancelotti Good preparation “I play well. But my body, the pain, the injuries…”, the player himself describes at the end the ordeal he had to go through.
Hazard apologizes to Real Madrid fans
And all this against the backdrop of injuries that always hampered him when he was a Real Madrid fan: “I lost my place, then my confidence, then my desire. I went from being tough against guys who hurt my knee to getting out of bed with an injury. “I wish I could understand why, but I couldn’t,” he admits. “People fight every day and I have no right to complain, even when I wasn’t playing, even when I was injured, saying ‘life sucks.’ I couldn’t do it. It hurt, but on the other hand…” he begins by talking about the beginning of his injuries.
I feel a little like I’ve let them down. I want to tell them, “Hey, it’s not my fault, my body failed me. I tried, but it didn’t work. Sorry”.
Although he eventually gave in: “I ended up using it as an excuse: ‘I’m hurt, I can’t do this.’ I wasn’t depressed, but I didn’t want it anymore. I simply had no energy or strength. Pleasure was my path, my direction. It didn’t make sense, it was over.” That is why the player himself wants to apologize for not meeting the expectations of Real Madrid fans: “I felt sorry for the Real Madrid fans and was disappointed in them. When I arrived they were full of hope. I feel a little like I’ve let them down. I want to tell them, “Hey, it’s not my fault, my body failed me. I tried, but it didn’t work. Sorry”.“, he concludes.
I didn’t go to McDonald’s every day, otherwise you wouldn’t last sixteen years as a professional.
Feeding the Khazars
Another aspect for which the footballer was criticized was his diet, which he also wanted to talk about: “I won’t say that he abused it. He wasn’t paying attention. But I didn’t go to McDonald’s every day, otherwise you wouldn’t last sixteen years as a professional.The idea he goes on and on takes away: “I didn’t attach any importance to it. I am a bon vivant, I love to eat and drink with friends. This happened to me the day before the game, I was eating at home, drinking a small bottle and so on.” All this before saying that “the diet stinks, it’s useless,” although he clarifies: “Well, it’s okay if you want to play until you’re 40. I knew that wasn’t the case for me.“.
A few words he later cites as an example of the moment he arrived at Real Madrid 5 kilos overweight and admits that it was not a mistake: “I have just completed an incredible season at Chelsea, one of the best of my career. I said to myself: “Now that I’m at Real Madrid, this is probably the last holiday in which I can…“And I let myself go, like I let myself go every summer.” And he doesn’t leave it there: “Seven years in England, non-stop at Christmas, giving everything so that when I had three or four weeks off, “don’t bother me”, barbecue, rose wine and all that.“.