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Madrid will see ‘totally different’ Hazard next season – Martinez

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Madrid will see ‘totally different’ Hazard next season – Martinez

Madrid will see 'totally different' Hazard next season – Martinez

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.

He made 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.

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 KDB’s goal in a recent win.

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.

He said:

“It  by the state of mind and physical condition he was in June.

“Real Madrid fans are going to see a totally different Hazard.

“He is obsessed with succeeding at Real Madrid. And he has not thought about changing his objective. He wants to win the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Martinez’s own future as Belgium boss has been questioned in recent months, with the former Everton man failing to lead the Red Devils’ so-called “golden generation” of stars to tournament glory since taking charge in 2016.

The 48-year-old recently said he will not discuss any prospective new contract with Belgium until after the World Cup, but has now refused to close the door to coaching the Spanish national team in the future.

“I’m always open to any project with real belief behind it,” he said.

Belgium and Spain could potentially face off in the round of 16 in Qatar.

With Martinez’s men facing Canada, Morocco and Croatia in Group F.

And Luis Enrique’s team drawn alongside Germany, Japan and Costa Rica in Group E.

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