Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos appears to have no sympathy for Eden Hazard’s plight at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Under Carlo Ancelotti, the Belgian forward has slipped down the pecking order.
Hazard’s future has been a source of contention as he fights for playing time under Ancelotti.
This season, he has made just seven appearances, scoring once and assisting once.
The former Chelsea winger’s contract at the Bernabeu expires in a year, but he’s been frozen out.
Despite this, Kroos has no sympathy for Hazard or his current circumstances at Real Madrid. He stated (as reported by Madrid Universal): “Maybe I have no mercy for Hazard, but he doesn’t have a bad life or is having a bad time. You can feel sorry for people who have a much worse time (not footballers).”
Meanwhile, Ancelotti was equally critical of Hazard’s circumstances. The Merengues manager stated that he selects the finest team possible to win games.
“Hazard? I am not here to give everyone minutes. I am here to win. I don’t look a player’s salary or age. I put a team to win games, nothing else,” said the Real Madrid boss.
Eden Hazard’s struggle continues
Establishing himself as one of Europe’s top attacking players, Hazard joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 for €115 million.
Injuries, though, have plagued his time with Los Blancos. In three and a half seasons, he has only made 73 appearances, scoring seven goals and assisting 11. According to the Belgian, his relationship with Ancelotti is practically non-existent:
“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 for a guy like Ancelotti.”
Ancelotti responded to Hazard’s comments by acknowledging that they don’t communicate much, but “the most important thing” is that Hazard continues to respect him.
Hazard went on to voice his wish to continue at the Bernabeu past the summer, stating that he wants to “prove that he can still do it” at the highest level.