Hazard wants to stay at Real Madrid, says Ancelotti | Soccer News


MADRID: Eden Hazard will stay at Real Madrid next season as the Belgian is determined to prove his worth after a three-year nightmare, Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday.
Hazard was one of the best players in the world when he joined Real Madrid for an initial fee of €100m in 2019, but he’s been plagued with injury problems since arriving in Spain.
The 31-year-old underwent surgery on his right ankle in late March in hopes of addressing the latest in a long string of fitness issues.
Even when available this season, Hazard has been reduced to a minor role in the squad, but Ancelotti insists the plan isn’t for him to leave this summer.
“We haven’t talked about it, the plan is quite clear,” Ancelotti told a press conference.
“He has a lot of motivation because he hasn’t had a good time in recent years and he wants to show all his quality, which he couldn’t do for many reasons.”
Hazard is available again and could face Cadiz on Sunday after his latest surgery removed a metal plate inserted to stabilize his ankle in March 2020.
But he must fight to establish himself in Real Madrid’s starting line-up next season, with Vinicius Junior becoming one of the team’s most explosive players this season and Kylian Mbappe set to arrive from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. .
“With a team like Real Madrid, you always play a lot of games,” Ancelotti said. “There is fatigue and we will shoot, even if we don’t have much this year.
“I think the amount of minutes is not that important, it’s about quality,” Ancelotti added. “We have a clear example with Rodrygo. He didn’t play many minutes but he played with great quality and made the difference.”
Ancelotti says Karim Benzema will be rested against Cadiz, despite the Frenchman being one goal away from overtaking Raul in Real Madrid’s all-time goalscoring list.
Benzema and Raul are tied with 323 goals for Madrid, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 450.
Vinicius and Thibaut Courtois will also be out for the La Liga champions as Ancelotti looks to keep his players fresh for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 28. “I will give them rest because they deserve it,” Ancelotti said.

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