Eden Hazard’s brother breaks silence on the Chelsea legend return to football
Eden Hazard’s brother, Kylian, has encouraged the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star to hang up his boots. The 32-year-old winger has been left without a club this season after his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu was terminated despite still having a year left.
He suffered numerous injuries after leaving the Blues to join Real Madrid, so he struggled to secure a place in the starting-lineup. Even when Hazard was available for selection, the Belgium international was unable to leapfrog Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio or Rodrygo on the pecking order.
In fact, on several occasions Federico Valverde, who is typically a box-to-box midfielder, was preferred on the right-wing by Carlo Ancelotti throughout his stay in the Spanish capital. Since becoming a free agent, there has been plenty of speculation over Hazard’s future, with those close to him claiming that he’s rejected offers from as many as six clubs.
With the season well underway, he’s been urged to enjoy the riches of his hard work. In an interview with Spanish publication Diario AS, Kylian, Eden’s younger brother, revealed that the Chelsea legend still lives in Madrid and that he’s decided to take a step back from professional football.
“At the moment he’s not moving, but I don’t know if his career is over,” said Kylian. “If he makes a final decision, it will be up to him to say so. Eden is in Madrid, because his children go to school there and he has decided to relax for now.
“He is trying to enjoy life for now. He still loves football, it has always been his greatest passion and that’s why he gave everything for every team he played for.
“He did everything he could and won trophies at every club he played for, including Real Madrid. If I were him, I would retire immediately. After a long career like his, I think Eden deserves to spend time with his family.”
While Hazard may still reside in Madrid, he’s still been fulling some strings to ensure that Chelsea stay in good shape. According to the Express, Romeo Lavia spoke to the Blues legend about his time at Stamford Bridge in December before eventually joining in the summer.
The report states that Hazard ‘actively encouraged’ his fellow countryman to take the chance to join the west London outfit if the opportunity ever arose in the future. Fast forward a couple of months and Lavia phoned him to celebrate his move to Chelsea.
“The big boss,” said Lavia as Hazard accepted his facetime call. The former Real Madrid ace replied: “Are you a Blue now or what?”
“Yes, I’m having a look at the training ground now,” said Lavia.
Lavia: “Thank you, thank you.”
Hazard: “You’re at a great club!”
Lavia: “You’ve got a great reputation here, and that puts me under pressure straight away!”
Hazard: “They know all about Belgium. Now you know – if you need anything at all, you know where I am.”
Hazard also assured the teenager that Chelsea will be competing for silverware again under Mauricio Pochettino after a disappointing campaign last term. He added: “Last year wasn’t very good for Chelsea but this year it will be more calm, there are lots of things that have changed.
“Don’t worry, you’ll get the chance to show what you can do. You know what qualities you have. As a Belgian, it’s going to work out well.”