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Thibaut Courtois Insists Eden Hazard Will 100% Stay at Real Madrid Next Season

Thibaut Courtois is confident Eden Hazard will remain at Real Madrid next season
Thibaut Courtois is confident Eden Hazard will remain at Real Madrid next season / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Thibaut Courtois has insisted that Eden Hazard will remain at Real Madrid next season "100 percent" despite questions over his future.

Hazard's career at Madrid hasn't gone according to plan, with the Belgian failing to live up to his €100million price tag. Rumours over the last few weeks have claimed that the former Chelsea man could be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu, but Courtios believes his teammate still has what's needed to shine for club and country.

"I'm 100% sure he's staying. He doesn't want to move. Only the Madrid press writes about the desire to leave," Courtois said in an interview with Le Soir. "He wants to continue, play free of injuries and win titles.

"At Real Madrid there is criticism all the time and for everyone. Gareth Bale was criticized, but he won the Champions League and scored a double in the final in Kyiv. We all know that in Madrid there is pressure and criticism from the press and the fans. But Eden can handle that. I know him well enough to say it. He can still change everything. He still wants to be an important player for Madrid and win titles."

Last week, new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti spoke about Hazard's future in his unveiling press conference, and said: "Hazard is a top player, he has had injury problems and hasn't shown his top potential yet here. I believe he can do that next year. He wants to and is motivated."

Hazard, himself, admitted he is looking forward to working with Ancelotti, and hopes to revive his career under the Italian. He told RTBF: "Everyone at Real Madrid knows what Ancelotti has brought to the club. He won the Champions League with this group and he knows a lot of the players. We know that he is a coach with a lot of experience.

"He knows the city and the fans. I think we can do great things together. I don't know him personally, but from what I've heard of him he's a very nice person who just wants to win, and that's what we all want. We'll have the chance to work together. It's good news for me."