Eden Hazard is going to enjoy a new opportunityonce he has overcome his chronic discomfort in his right ankle (in the fibula), caused by that osteosynthesis plate (titanium) that was put on him in 2020 as a result of the serious injury suffered by the Belgian player in November 2019 in a Real Madrid-PSG Champions League, after receiving a very tough tackle at the Bernabéu from his compatriot Meunier.
That plaque had become the mother of all his problems, as he trained in pain and that prevented him from playing with the ease he often showed us in his seven seasons at Chelsea. On March 29, she decided to tackle this chronic problem and underwent surgery at the La Zarzuela clinic, removing the plaque. Since then he is another. He trains happily, has lost weight and once again shows that running ability that made him famous at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti, aware that he has two years left on his contract and that his talent does not expire, has decided to give him a new opportunity. In fact, yesterday he was included in the squad and this afternoon he will play, as planned by the coaching staff, for half an hour against Cádiz.
Carletto He has convinced himself that next season there will be minutes for everyone, despite the fact that Benzema, Vinicius, Rodrygo… and Mbappé will be in attack. But Ancelotti considers that if he recovers from Eden part of the level exhibited in the Premier (352 goals and 85 assists in his 611 games with the Blues) it will have been worth waiting for him.
*Data updated as of May 14, 2022
What is certain is that Hazard (31 years old) will not be able to complain about the patience that the club has had with him. Despite having three seasons with negligible numbers (65 games, 6 goals and 8 assists), despite having cost 100 million euros in 2019, Madrid has been waiting for him and now faith is transmitted in the possibility of finally seeing him in that unbalancing version, one on one and colorful game that was what brought him here.
Ancelotti has assessed positively that Hazard had a committed attitude in the celebration of League 35, showing affection to the fans and participating in the party without haggling smiles or good vibes. Quite the opposite of Bale, suffering from those “back spasms” that have definitively separated him from the team’s discipline. Hazard, on the contrary, will play half an hour today, something more in Madrid-Betis and seeks to have minutes in the final in Paris. Only a month ago no one would have dared to predict it…