KEY POINTS

  • Hazard knows he has to return strong next season
  • Hazard frustrated due to injuries this season
  • Hazard urges everyone to be extra careful against the coronavirus

Eden Hazard showed a lot of promise when he returned from an injured foot. For a fleeting moment, he gave Real Madrid something to cheer about. However, that comeback was cut short after the Belgian re-injured the same foot in their loss to Levante.

Overall, Hazard admits it has been a frustrating season. He has struggled to adapt but is keeping his head up. Though he hardly made an impact this season, he vows to do better looking ahead. He terms his first year with Real Madrid as an adaptation season and knows that real judgment will begin by his second year, Goal.com reported.

"My first season at Madrid is bad, but not everything is bad," Hazard said. "It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year."

Hazard was taken in via record amount of roughly $112 million from Chelsea. And while he provided glimpses of that in the short period he was on the field, most feel that the 29-year-old can do better.

Much of this was seen in their game against Barcelona. As mentioned in a previous report, Hazard played for about 70 minutes before he was taken out. Considering he just came from sickbay, the heavy minutes were something most did not expect But if that is any indication, the best is yet to come for Zinedine Zidane.

Hazard is one of many players right now in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Like other injured athletes, the forced respite could work to the Belgian's advantage. With football action on pause, the delay will allow players like him to focus on recovery and not think about rushing back to action. As far as the coronavirus is concerned, Hazard is fully aware of the severity of the virus and has urged everyone to be careful.

"I'm a little scared, like everyone else, but I especially have to be careful not to pass it on to others [if I get it], that is the most delicate thing," he said. "We have to take care of ourselves. I am concerned about weaker people, who have more problems, yes."