Eden Hazard’s best days are now behind him claims Gus Poyet.
The Belgian international’s time with La Liga champions Real Madrid has been plagued with injuries since his arrival from Stamford Bridge in 2019.
He was signed to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo who left Los Blancos for Juventus a year earlier.
Hazard missed 47 out of 82 games due to injuries and also his weight issues and former Chelsea player Gus Poyet insists Hazard’s physical problem has held him back.
Poyet told Marca: ‘It hurts me a lot. The year Cristiano Ronaldo left was the ideal time to replace him, he had had a great season with Chelsea.
‘When Hazard arrived in Madrid, he suddenly looked older. I don’t think the style of play is the problem, neither is the mentality, it’s physically.
‘He has paid the price for some physical problems that have not allowed him to return and have meant he has not returned to his best conditions.
‘One of my maxims as a coach is to put players on the pitch with minimal or no excuses, and I don’t think Hazard has ever been like that.
‘There was always some excuse: he was at 60 per cent, the team was not good…
‘It’s not Zidane’s fault, the player is depending on himself to face this great challenge of turning it around.’
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