Despite a disappointing time at Real Madrid, Vincent Kompany believes that Eden Hazard still possesses some “magic”
Eden Hazard moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in a €100 million (£88m/$110m) transfer in 2019, but has failed to replicate his impressive form and has only scored seven goals in four seasons in Spain. As a result, Hazard has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid, leading to doubts about his future with the club.
There have been rumors of a potential move for Hazard in the upcoming transfer window. Kompany, who played alongside Hazard for the Belgian national team, believes that the 32-year-old still has a lot to offer and could be an asset for any team that signs him.
He has told RTBF: “Talking about the end of his career is too early for me. The most important thing is that Eden had injuries and that’s what changed. Having injuries, you have to respect the fact that you can’t control that. He had to deal with injuries and the aftermath. And it’s always hard to come back.”
Kompany added: “Behind that, there is always the player who gave us a lot of good moments, who made us proud to support Belgium. And then, there is always someone who still has a fight to fight and still has something to do at some point. He can still score in the Champions League final, he can still win a title. There is still magic in this player, in the person. And we have to hope for the best for him so that he finishes as he deserves.”
Despite being under contract with Real Madrid until 2024, Hazard has fallen down the pecking order with the likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Marco Asensio being preferred by Carlo Ancelotti. As a result, a change of scenery could be beneficial for all parties involved.
Hazard has not shied away from acknowledging his difficulties in Spain, and there have been concerns about his weight and dedication to the club. He will likely want to avoid the disappointment of seeing his club career decline after he has already retired from international football.