Manchester city manager pep Guardiola has questioned Real Madrid ‘s role in Eden Hazard’s difficulties to settle in La Liga.
Hazard secured a dream move to Los Blancos from Chelsea in June last year for a rumored fee of €100 million (£90m/$110m).
After queries were raised over the 29-year-old’s fitness in pre-season, Hazard has struggled to perform powerfully for Real so far, with a string of injuries not serving to his cause.
Currently recovering from a foot injury, the Belgian has one goal and 4 assists to show from his 1st thirteen appearances for his new club.
Having seen Hazard up close in the Premier League, Guardiola believes the player’s quality cannot be questioned and any dip in form is right down to Los Blancos.
“If he isn’t playing well, something’s happening at Madrid because he’s really good,” Guardiola aforesaid on Post United in an interview with YouTuber ‘DjMaRiiO’.
“Not a top player, another level higher than. What we saw in England… he’s world-class. however, the whole world knows that you would like a period of adaptation.”
Hazard was in line to play his 1st match of 2020 on Thursday when Real Madrid tackle Real Sociedad in their Copa del Rey quarter-final however he has didn’t make Zinedine Zidane’s matchday squad.
The French manager is eager to take advantage of the Belgian attacker in seasons to come, however, is however is clearly cautious regarding rushing his return to action.
“We are happy to have Eden Hazard. He had a nasty injury and as time has gone he has got better,” Zidane aforesaid on Wednesday.
“We are happy to have a player like Eden and that we will try to make the most of him throughout the many years he will be with us. The Madridistas are very happy too.”
While somewhat critical of Real Madrid’s handling of Hazard so far, former Barcelona boss Guardiola admits he misses taking the club on in El Clasicos.
“A little bit, yes. each year it absolutely was the game of the century,” Guardiola aforesaid of the nice rivalry. “Here it’s very totally different. In terms of the media, it’s totally different.”
The Manchester city manager will get the chance to return to the Santiago Bernabeu in late February once his side tackles Zidane’s men within the 1st leg of their Champions League round of sixteen clashes.