Rejecting rumors of open hostility between Belgium and Real Madrid over Eden Hazard's recovery, Roberto Martinez emphasized that "there is no war" between the two sides.
was injured for the 11th time since joining
and missed the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Belgian star of Los Blancos has been convinced that he will not have a new surgery on his ankle because the next surgery could lead to his early retirement.
We are working in the same direction as Real Madrid,
" the former Everton boss tolda press conference
"There is a great relationship between our medical services. I assure Madrid and their fans that we only seek the best for Eden. The rehabilitation process has begun. The rumour and speculation in the media should be a thing of the past.
"We are in a situation in which the medical vision of the experts is that there will be no surgery. There is no division, there is no war, and we are all trying to find the best solution."
The 30-year-old winger has struggled since moving to Madrid and has made just 25 La Liga appearances in the last two seasons.
Hazard did not play a single game for the Belgian national team in 2020, forcing Martinez to use his alternative options. The former Everton boss has argued that he would like to have Hazard in his squad for Euro 2020, which is set to take place this summer.
There are no dates [for his return], we only think about him, what he needs and that he is well,
" he added. "
I am sure he will return. Between us and Madrid we have to concentrate on giving him what he wants and needs
"We are very optimistic about what can happen. Eden is in good spirits - he is disappointed that he cannot play, but he is already looking to the next goal. He is in the best moment of his career.
"There's a long way to go before the Euros. Only from day to day can we have the final answer on his availability. I am optimistic that he will be at the Euros."