Eden Hazard has insisted he is determined to prove his worth to Real Madrid as he hit back at comments over his injury spells.
Hazard has been plagued with injuries since he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Chelsea in a €100m deal in 2019. He was linked with an exit from the club all throughout the summer, and was linked with a move to Juventus as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Manchester United last week.
However, Hazard has stayed put and hopes to live up to the expectation in Madrid. "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," he said to 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. Real Madrid have already spent a lot of money on me. I want to give something back to them."
The 30-year-old has made just 46 appearances for Madrid, and featured just 14 times in LaLiga last season. But pointed out at he rarely missed a game during the seven years he spent at Chelsea. "People think that I am always injured. That is the truth. But if you review my career there is not a player who, for a period of 10 years, has played as many games as I have," he added.
"I do what I have to do. I work daily with the physio. That's what I do. Since the beginning of the season we have done a great job with the physical trainer. At the moment it is going well, I am feeling better, but I am not completely 100% still. I hope we continue like this."