TUBIZE (Belgium): Eden Hazard still has some thigh problems’ after missing a large part of Real Madrid’s season, but ‘will be there when the Euros start’, he said at a press conference on Monday.
The attacking player said he was “not 100 percent yet” but added that “I still have to prepare physically and of course I hope to be ready for the first game on June 12.”
Belgium, one of the favorites for the title, will start Euro 2020 against Russia on June 12 in a group that also includes Denmark and Finland.
Hazard arrived at the national training center at Tubize on Monday, at the same time as most of his teammates, and as captain the first to speak at the press conference.
“I missed the last game with Real due to a bit of discomfort in my thigh. Since then I have been able to rest for a week and mentally it is fine with me,” he said.
“I will be fine again if I regain confidence and my thigh and ankle do not hurt,” he said. “I had an unhappy season.”
“I’ve always been a player who wanted to play one game after another, and that has not been the case yet. I still have many good years ahead of me.”
Injuries kept him out of recent Belgian groups.
“I missed it,” he said. “I’m happy when I’m on the field.”
Hazard has struggled to contribute since joining Real for a reported £ 100m ($ 122m) from Chelsea in 2019.
Since the end of a season in which Real finished second in La Liga and fell to Hazard’s former club Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League, coach Zinedine Zidane has stopped.
Hazard said he was “very disappointed that Zidane is leaving.”
“I spent two wonderful seasons with him. I’m frustrated because I could not give him more,” he said.
Hazard has said he will not leave Real.
“I can see myself nowhere else but Real Madrid,” he said.
“I have three years left on my contract at Real, we know the first two years were complicated, but I want to continue to deliver the best of myself in Madrid.”
Hazard has been criticized by Spanish media for laughing and joking with former Chelsea team-mates Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy after the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge, where Madrid had just been eliminated from the Champions League.
“I did not celebrate Chelsea’s Champions League title against Manchester City on Saturday,” he said. “I’m a Real Madrid player.”