Hazard ‘one goal’ from kick-starting Real career

MADRID (AFP) – Eden Hazard said on Monday he is ‘one goal’ away from launching his Real Madrid career having failed to score since joining the Spanish club this summer.

Hazard, 28, who cost Real EUR100 million in July, is yet to get off the mark during the new season with his appearances restricted to four matches due to a thigh injury.

“Honestly I feel at 100 per cent, the injury is behind me. When I start scoring, being decisive, having good matches, it will all come together,” Hazard said.

“That’s what I’m missing, one good match, one goal, one pass, something to start my season.

“When I say it’s down to confidence, once I’m confident, I’ll give my best on the field.”

The 102-time Belgium international, who signed for the Spanish giants after impressing for Chelsea in the Premier League and Lille beforehand, only made his competitive debut for Zinedine Zidane’s side in mid-September due to the injury sustained in pre-season training.

Hazard has been the target of negative attention from the Spanish press, with some claiming he was overweight ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s normal that the criticism exists, they don’t hurt me, not at all. I’ve never paid them attention, I know when I play well, I know when I don’t play well,” he said.

“I need a little time, it’s up to me to give my maximum in training, take pleasure on the field, like I’ve done my whole career, and the goals will come,” he added.