Eden Hazard has praised Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, hailing him as currently the best striker in the world, while also commenting on the Frenchman's issues with the French Football Federation.
Benzema has been Real's leading light in attack since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus last year, scoring 30 goals in 47 La Liga games since the start of last season.
His form led to talk of a possible recall to the France national team squad, but such talk was quickly quashed by FFF president Noël Le Graët, who claimed Benzema's 'adventure with France is over'.
Hazard has now given his take on the situation, hailing the striker's all-round game and offering his sympathy to Benzema's current international predicament.
"After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he's the best striker in the world," Hazard said, as quoted by Marca. "But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better."
Regarding Benzema's current situation with the FFF, Hazard added: "I feel for him. "It's always easier to play against a team that doesn't have Benzema in it."
Hazard has come in for criticism at the beginning of his Real career, initially stumbling for form, but has since turned things around with a number of good performances, even if his stats remain pretty modest at just one goal and one assist in seven league games this season.
He, Benzema and the rest of the Real squad will looking to put more pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday in what is already an extremely tight title race.
Barça lead Real on goal difference, with the two teams sitting on 25 points apiece with Los Blancos having a game in hand, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla both have 24. Real Sociedad are in fifth with 23 points.
Oh, and just by the way, you know the bit where Hazard calls Benzema the best striker in the world currently? Come on now. Show big Bobby Lewandowski the respect the deserves, capiche?