Belgium striker Eden Hazard said he was starting to get back in shape after playing 65 minutes in Thursday’s Nations League 2-1 home win over Wales, but admits he needs more at Real Madrid ahead of the World Cup.
Hazard could play an important role for Belgium at the World Cup in Qatar, but he may have to prove his form and fitness in the national team as he has made just one start in Madrid and has played less than 100 minutes in La Liga this campaign.
Eden Hazard calls Real Madrid situation ‘delicate’
“I’m excited to start another game,” Hazard said. “You see, I think. I’m happy when I play, happy to play for the supporters here (in Brussels) again. We had a very good first half.”
“I know what I can do. Now I want to be ready for the World Cup. We’ll see what the coach (Roberto Martinez) decides, but I’m happiest when I’m on the pitch.”
“When I play, I give it my all. Real Madrid’s situation is delicate. I want to play more, but I can’t do more.”
Coach Roberto Martinez sees him as key for Belgium
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes playmaker Eden Hazard has a good mentality and is not concerned about his lack of playing time at Real Madrid ahead of Nations League games against Wales and the Netherlands this season.
Martinez believes the 31-year-old still has the potential to be a match-winner and is key to Belgium’s chances in Qatar. He wants to make the most of the current international break to prepare for Hazard and could use him in Nations League games against Wales and Holland depending on the game.