Eden Hazard is believed to have reported for Real Madrid's pre-season camp around 7kg overweight, leaving president Florentino Perez questioning whether the former Chelsea star is the man to reverse the club's fortunes.
Real's pursuit of the Belgian seemed to go on for an eternity, but he finally sealed a move away from Chelsea in early May. However, after he returned from his holiday, many fans pointed to recent images of the Belgian and questioned whether he was out of shape.
According to Sport, those concerns were justified, as Hazard arrived at the Montreal pre-season training camp weighing around 7kg more than they were expecting. As a result, there has been even more friction between Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane, with the president questioning Hazard's work ethic.
After becoming the club's record signing, Hazard was billed as the man to save Real from their abysmal previous campaign, with Zidane demanding that he be signed at all costs.
Perez was eager to appease Zidane, so paid a huge €140m for the winger, even though his Chelsea contract had just 12 months left to run.
A club source is said to have confirmed that Perez has lost confidence in Hazard already, fearing that he may not have the mentality or attitude to work hard in Madrid. The president has even questioned Zidane for insisting he be bought this summer.
Fuentes del Madrid: Hazard llegó con 7 kilos de sobrepeso a la concentración de Montreal. No ha perdido ni la mitad.— Diego Torres Romano (@diegotorresro) July 29, 2019