EDEN HAZARD has admitted he is in a “delicate situation” at Real Madrid ahead of the World Cup.
The Belgian captain, 31, started his country’s Nations League clash with Wales on Thursday night as they edged to a 2-1 victory.
Hazard managed 65 minutes before being replaced by Leandro Trossard and showed some positive signs that his form is still there.
That is despite the former Chelsea man having started just one of Madrid’s six LaLiga matches so far this season.
And his status as a benchwarmer for Carlo Ancelotti’s side is something which has him worried less than two months out from the World Cup in Qatar.
Speaking to Marca, he said: “There have been difficult times because I want to play and I don’t play.
“I feel good at Real Madrid, I just play less. And when I play, I play well. It’s a delicate situation because I want to play more.”
He then went on to add: “I know what I can do when I play.
“I want to play the maximum number of minutes and get to the World Cup in shape.”
Hazard has suffered a host of injury issues since joining Madrid from Chelsea for £88.5million back in 2019.
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He has made 70 appearances across more than three seasons, scoring just seven goals and providing 11 assists.
Hazard has also struggled with weight issues in recent years, returning from summer breaks out of shape.
In 2019 and 2020, he appeared to start the season heavier than normal, before injuries hampered both campaigns.
Last month, he was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu as Galatasaray were rumoured to be interested in him.
However, he remained in the Spanish capital, only to be benched again for the start of the season.