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Eden Hazard admits Real Madrid situation is 'delicate' over playing time concerns

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Hazrad has only started once for his club this season
Hazrad has only started once for his club this season / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

With Eden Hazard playing very little at Real Madrid, the Belgian has admitted his situation there is "delicate".

Hazard would have fancied his chances of being given a shot in the first team when Karim Benzema picked up an injury against Celtic at the start of the month, but while he came on for the Frenchman in that match and started in his place in the next, he hasn't played a single minute since then.

While international manager Roberto Martinez has said the player will retain his place in the Belgium starting lineup regardless, it's far from ideal from a fitness perspective heading into the World Cup later this year.

The 31-year-old says it's a "delicate" situation, especially with him aiming to be in the best physical shape possible in Qatar.

"There have been difficult times because I want to play and I don't play," he said after playing 65 minutes in his nation's 2-1 win over Wales. "I feel good at Real Madrid, I just play less, and when I play, I play well. It's a delicate situation because I want to play more."

Hazard played well in the win over Wales, creating a number of chances and drawing multiple fouls for his team.

He wasn't surprised that he was able to impress but wants to do more than play just over an hour going forward.

"I know what I can do when I play," he added.

" I want to play the maximum number of minutes and get to the World Cup in shape."