EDEN HAZARD has admitted he was in a ‘delicate situation’ at Real Madrid ahead of the World Cup.
The Belgian captain, 31, started his country’s Nations League clash with Wales on Thursday night as they raced to a 2-1 win.
Hazard managed 65 minutes before being replaced by Leandro Trossard and showed positive signs that his form is still there.
And this despite the fact that the former Chelsea man has started just one of Madrid’s six La Liga appearances so far this season.
And his status as a substitute for Carlo Ancelotti’s side is something that worries him less than two months from the World Cup in Qatar.
Speaking to Marca, he said: “There have been difficult times because I want to play and I don’t play.
“I feel good at Real Madrid, I just play less. And when I play, I play well. It’s a tricky situation because I want to play more.”
He then added: “I know what I can do when I play.
“I want to play as many minutes as possible and get to the World Cup in good shape.”
Hazard has suffered a host of injury problems since joining Madrid from Chelsea for £88.5million in 2019.
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He made 70 appearances over three seasons, scoring just seven goals and providing 11 assists.
Hazard has also struggled with his weight in recent years, returning from his summer vacation out of shape.
In 2019 and 2020 he appeared to start the season heavier than normal, before injuries hampered both campaigns.
Last month, he was linked with leaving the Bernabeu as Galatasaray were reportedly interested in him.
However, he remained in the Spanish capital, only to be benched again for the start of the season.