Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Eden Hazard may live to regret joining Real Madrid.
Hazard ended his seven-year stay at Chelsea last summer to join Madrid in a deal worth an estimated €100 million. Injuries have disrupted the Belgian’s start at the Bernabeu and he was well below-par in Madrid’s 3-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in France on Wednesday night.
In addition, he has failed to impress on his full debut for the Spanish giants in the Champions League on Wednesday. Hazard cut an isolated and frustrated figure as Zinedine Zidane’s men went behind to two Angel Di Maria strikes in France, with Real Madrid producing a flat first half display.
And, speaking after Madrid’s loss, Rio Ferdinand says he has fears Hazard has left Chelsea at the wrong time.
“When you go to a new club, especially the size of Real Madrid, you have got to earn the right to be the man that gets the ball, that they look to first as the talisman”, Ferdinand said, speaking as a pundit on BT Sport.
“He has got to do something in the training games and in the games itself, to make them want to give him the ball.
“I’m fearful for him really that he has gone to Real Madrid at the wrong time. This is an ageing side, they are not on the way up and they have not got much spark about them at the moment, and that is going to reflect on him, badly, in the long term”.