Carlo Ancelotti is planning to give Eden Hazard some playing time in Real Madrid‘s game away at Cadiz on Sunday.
When the Belgium international underwent surgery back on March 29, everyone believed that his season was over.
The Belgian, however, had other plans, which remain intact. Firstly, he wanted to shorten the recovery period to be able to play before the end of the season. Challenge achieved.
The second task is to stay at Real Madrid next season. It remains to be seen whether he will manage that, but he is very clear that he wants to stay put.
The Belgian forward is not willing to leave the club and will not facilitate his departure.
Hazard has raised his spirits after the surgery, in which he had a plate removed from his ankle. That plate was giving him much trouble.
He tried to do it last year, but it was this season when he made the decision to proceed after noticing a small displacement caused by a looseness in one of the screws.
Ancelotti was happy to see the Belgian training with the group. The club says that it is a pleasure to see him play.
Obviously, Hazard will be given just a few minutes and Ancelotti does not even think that he could play an important role in the Champions League final.
The Belgium international does not even appear as a plan B because he is not in shape, but the fact that he is already fit to play makes the coach and his teammates happy.
Everyone likes Hazard, who has gone through a lot since he picked up an injury on November 26, 2019.
Meanwhile, Hazard earned the respect of the others due to his behaviour and his attitude in bad times.
He always had a kind word for Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes when things were not going as planned for the youngsters and never complained about his playing time, thoroughly enjoying Real Madrid‘s successes despite not being a huge part of them.
He celebrated the LaLiga Santander title on the team bus and bit his nails from the tunnel in the last minutes of the Champions League duels against Chelsea and Manchester City.
Guaranteed spot at the World Cup
Hazard wants to be fit for the 2022 World Cup that will kick off in November.
Belgium’s captain has a guaranteed spot in Roberto Martinez‘s squad, even if he has missed a few games through injury.
The Real Madrid forward is the leader of the national team and his coach has no intention to drop him ahead of the tournament.
Obviously, Martinez wants Hazard to be in shape and play an important role, but the only thing that would keep him out of the World Cup would be an injury.
This means that Hazard is not obsessed with trying his luck elsewhere in search of playing time.
Roberto Martinez, moreover, is still hopeful that Hazard will rediscover his form.
The Spanish coach has blind faith in his player and believes that if Hazard regains his confidence, he can be a more than important player.