According to Belgium head coach, Roberto Martinez, Eden Hazard is getting back to his very best.
The 30-year-old, who left Chelsea in the summer of 2019 for just over £100million to join Real Madrid, was linked to a sensational return to west London over the transfer window, but will now play out his third season in the Spanish capital.
He has struggled at Los Blancos so far, primarily because of injury concerns, but positively, has found some form reminiscent of his days at Stamford Bridge on the international stage in recent games.
After appearing as a second-half substitute for Belgium on Wednesday, as they beat Belarus 1-0 and moved closer to World Cup qualification, Martinez noticed a change in his captain’s attitude and impact.
“Eden is ready to make a real impact in the coming weeks and months,” he told reporters, via Sportstar. “Against the Czech Republic he broke all the past stats – it was the best Eden I’ve seen since November 2019.”
Martinez was also impressed by Hazard’s desire to get back on the pitch, knowing full well he wasn’t capable of lasting an entire game amid a return to fitness.
“The fact that Eden wanted to come here, that he wanted to travel this far, knowing he couldn’t play 90 minutes, shows that Eden is back on every level,” Martinez added.
“He also wanted to be our captain and leader against Belarus. Well, that proves Eden is mentally ready.”
His return to form is a good thing for his club side too, especially after he previously admitted that he was ready to improve in La Liga.
“I signed with Real Madrid for five seasons. The first two have not been good, the injuries have not helped me, but I still have three more to prove my worth,” Hazard told HLN.
“I hope it works, I hope to get up one morning and feel great on the training ground. If I feel pain there, I drag it to the games and I will continue to have it. I am waiting for that moment when I can show my worth again.”
Chelsea fans will be hoping their once beloved star man can get back firing on all cylinders again, and Real Madrid will certainly benefit from it if he does.