Eden Hazard put an end to a very successful 7-year spell at Chelsea by completing a dream move to Real Madrid this past summer, finally fulfilling Zinedine Zidane’s wish to have him on his team.
And now that he’s finally getting his shape back, the winger admitted joining Real Madrid was a lifelong dream of his and that he just couldn’t say no to Zidane, the club fans, Santiago Bernabeu and even their beautiful white kit:
“I was attracted to Zidane at Madrid and felt very identified. He fascinates me and has even some power over me. During Euro 2016 he told me: ‘It would be good if you came’. And when Zidane calls you it’s hard to say no. He loves his players and you feel that the dressing room is happy to have him as a coach. It was a dream to get here.
Ever since I started playing in my garden as a kid, they were the club I supported. Zidane was my idol. When I watched him on television he was magic. The stadium, when I saw it on television, was magical. And the white jersey, impeccable. For me it was exceptional,” Hazard told L’Equipe, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo
Moreover, the Belgian winger claimed training under Zidane is more fun than the last couple of years he had at Chelsea, as he’s always training with the ball as opposed to his time with Antonio Conte or Maurizio Sarri:
“The training is always with the ball. It’s hard to compare. When you have experimented with Italians, as I have done with Conte or Sarri, you have much less fun. Everything is more framed,” Hazard concluded.
The Blues appointed Conte but weren’t patient with the Italian’s tactics, replacing him with a Maurizio Sarri that struggled to establish his game plan in England.
Now, both of them are gone and the team is thriving under Frank Lampard, while Hazard is trying to be at his best and bring another trophy to Santiago Bernabeu.