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Martinez confirmed Hazard still has the same 'energy & happiness'

Thu 22 September 2022 | 11:12

The Belgian star is not having a good time in the Spanish capital, but the Red Devils boss still believes in him.

Belgium

head coach Roberto Martinez claimed that

Eden Hazard

has the same energy and happiness as before, and sitting on the bench in

Real Madrid

has not affected his spirit.

Hazard, who joined Los Blancos in 2019, has still not been able to find a place for himself at the Santiago Bernabeu and even in recent matches, despite the absence of Karim Benzema due to injury, he was only included in the starting line-up once. During the international break, he is preparing for the UEFA Nations League matches with Belgium, and the head coach of the Red Devils, while confirming Hazard's fitness and good spirit, emphasized that Real Madrid winger is in his plans for the World Cup.

He said:

"You always get the same question, 'has he played enough minutes?'. But he has not missed a training session and been really good behind the scenes.

"The lack of minutes and game time is there, but he is in a good mindset and is looking forward to being on the pitch. I see an energy and a happiness around Eden, which I did not see six months ago.

Belgium will face Wales and Netherland in the upcoming matches in the UEFA Nations League, and Martinez believes that these two games will be decisive for Hazard's preparation for Qatar. He added:

"We will see how he is with the national team, we will assess him and then we have seven weeks to the World Cup," the coach said. "I am not giving us a set target [of minutes for him to play].

"It will depend on the tempo of the game and if we can see him growing from the 60-minute mark. The decision will be made on how the game goes and his performance."


source: SportMob

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