'I want to play' - Eden Hazard confirms he wants to see out final year of his Real Madrid contract
- Just 331 minutes this season
- Belgian insists he's happy at club
- Good relationship with staff and players
WHAT HAPPENED? The Belgian was once again left on the bench as Madrid clinched a 20th Copa del Rey in Seville on Saturday night. The €100 million signing has rarely featured in coach Carlo Ancelotti's plans this season despite the club's hectic schedule. Hazard, though, believes he still has a future in the Spanish capital.
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WHAT THEY SAID: Speaking to Cadena Cope after Madrid's 2-1 over Osasuna, Hazard said he hoped to see out the final year of his contract: "I hope to play. It's been a difficult year but it's a year with a very big club. I have a good relationship with the coach and the players. I want to play but I know that's very difficult. I just have to work and hope I can play more."
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Hazard's remarkable lack of on-field action rather goes under the radar in Madrid. Despite being fit for the majority of the season, the former-Chelsea star has been an unused substitute on 37 occasions and featured just three times since the turn of the year. His determination to see out the final year of a disastrous five-year contract may not come as welcome news for a club looking to recruit young talent like Jude Bellingham.
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WHAT NEXT? Hazard will likely take his customary place on the bench again at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night as Madrid welcome Manchester City for the first-leg of their huge Champions League semi-final.