Real Madrid will see a “totally different” Eden Hazard next season, according to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, who says the winger is “obsessed” with succeeding at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Having joined Madrid in a blockbuster £103.5m deal in 2019, Hazard has struggled in Spain, making just 48 appearances in LaLiga for the club – 20 of which have come from the bench.
Hazard has only recorded 10 league goal involvements in that time (four goals, six assists), and was a virtual spectator as Carlo Ancelotti’s men won LaLiga and the Champions League last season, starting just seven league games.
But the 31-year-old impressed for Belgium during the recent international break, and was adamant he will get back to the player he was after assisting Kevin De Bruyne’s goal in a recent 6-1 win over Poland.
Martinez agrees that prediction, and believes the winger’s goal of winning the World Cup in Qatar this year will provide an additional motivation when he returns to Madrid.
“Eden Hazard is in the best period of his career,” Martinez told radio programme El Larguero.
“I was surprised by the state of mind and physical condition he was in in June,” he said. “Real Madrid fans are going to see a totally different Hazard.
“He is obsessed with succeeding at Real Madrid. He has not thought about changing his objective. He wants to win the World Cup.”