Eden Hazard opens up on injury struggles and reveals when he plans to retire

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Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid is looking more and more like a disaster as time goes on, but despite being ruled out for the foreseeable with another medium-term injury, the forward is looking on the bright side.

The Belgian joined Madrid in the summer of 2019 but has missed more than 50 games due to a variety of fitness problems, with the latest coming last week when the club confirmed he had sustained a muscular injury.

Concerns have been raised about his general fitness too, with Burger King even getting in on the act (don’t laugh) with a pointed dig.

Hazard, though? Not letting any of it get him down.

In an interview with On the Front Foot, the 30-year-old said he is using his enforced downtime to spend some quality time with his family – something that is helping him stay patient as he fights to return to fitness.

He is quoted as saying: “I’m lucky that when I’m injured and stuck at home, I have my family to get me through. It’s not the end of the world for me because I can spend time with my kids, when you’re alone and injured it can be tough but I’m lucky that I have my family to support me.

“When you’re injured there’s only so much you can do, you can work to get better faster but the injuries I have had to just take time to heal. I just have to wait, work hard to get better and when I’m at home I can enjoy the time with my family.”

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Hazard’s form when he has been available hasn’t been great, leading to suggestions he is past the peak he displayed with Chelsea which earned him a dream £100m move to the Bernabeu 18 months ago. But he has no plans to wind down, suggesting that he could play well into his 30s.

He went on: “I’m just hoping to play football for as long as possible, and I always try to enjoy myself on the pitch.

“When it comes to the end of my career I can look back at my achievements, but my priority now is playing well and enjoying my football. I don’t think about where I will be in the next few years, I try to focus on the next match and the next training session.

“I’ve only just turned 30 so as long as my body feels good, hopefully I can keep playing for at least another five or six years.”

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