Real Madrid star forward Eden Hazard has disclosed the nature of his strained relationship with Carlo Ancelotti.
The Belgian has had a difficult time in Madrid due to injuries and inconsistency, with the former Chelsea winger unable to replicate the form that led Real Madrid to pay €100 million for him in 2019.
The 32-year-old has expressed his dissatisfaction with his lack of first-team play with Los Blancos, claiming that Ancelotti has kept him out of the firs-time quite frequently.
Despite being fit to play, he has not played a single minute of La Liga or Champions League action since his return from the World Cup.
Eden Hazard on his relationship with Ancelotti
Hazard spoke out about the situation, revealing that his decision to retire from international duty with Belgium was greatly influenced by his inability to play in Madrid.
As per reports from Diario AS, the Real Madrid forward said, “I would like to stay. I’ve always said that. I hope to play and to show that I can still do it.”
“People have doubts, that’s normal, I understand. But for me, I’m still here next year. You never know, but a transfer is not in my plan.
“There’s respect between Ancelotti and I. But, I’m not going to say we talk to each other, because we don’t. But there will always be respect.
“I have to have respect a guy like Ancelotti. For what he represents for football, and for what he’s done in his career.”
With the prospect of another costly free transfer exit next summer a concern, Real Madrid are willing to sell Hazard after the end of the current season, as he enters the final year of his contract.
However, Hazard has already stated that he intends to see out the duration of his contract with Real Madrid, despite the fact that the winger is unlikely to see much action as long as Ancelotti is in charge.