Eden Hazard put in a strong performance against Alaves in Real Madrid’s LaLiga Santander opener and will be hoping that this is a sign of things to come.
The Belgian forward had been plagued by injuries since he moved to Spain, but has returned after this summer in top condition.
Hazard is determined to leave the ankle injury which has pestered him for two years firmly in the past. He has said that it’s not even on his mind any more, while he is working hard both in training and on the pitch.
This first match will fill the club with optimism that he may be turning a corner and returning to the kind of form that saw the club pay Chelsea 100 million euros for him.
Medical reports say his ankle is now in perfect condition, so now it’s just a matter of Hazard regaining his confidence.
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Carlo Ancelotti has said that one of his main objectives this year is to rekindle the Belgian international’s Premier League form.
The club had thought about trying to sell him on, but a move would be complicated and there is still a lot of trust that he can perform. His teammates respect him and know just how good a player he is.