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Eden Hazard admits first season at Real Madrid was worst of his career

Eden Hazard
Image: Injuries blighted Eden Hazard's first season at Real Madrid

Eden Hazard has admitted his first season at Real Madrid was “the worst season of my career individually”.

Hazard joined Real from Chelsea in a deal worth up to £130m last summer but struggled through a number of injuries, including a fractured ankle.

Real secured their 34th La Liga title with victory over on Thursday but Hazard, who was limited to 16 appearances and one goal in the league, admits he had a minimal impact.

"We have won the title collectively this year, considering it has certainly been the worst season of my career individually," Hazard said in an interview with franceinfo.

Instead, Hazard was keen to highlight the contributions of some of his Real team-mates.

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal
Image: Karim Benzema was a key player for Real Madrid this season

"Karim Benzema is very friendly and down-to-earth. He's here to score goals and win matches. I think he's shown once again this year that he's quite simply the best," Hazard said.

"Then you have Raphael Varane. I've come across some fantastic defenders during my career, such as John Terry and Vincent Kompany. I think that although [Varane] is still young, he's already one of the best centre-backs of all time. His partnership with Sergio Ramos is wonderful.

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"As for Ferland Mendy, he's shown he isn't here just to look pretty. The club signed him because he has qualities which we've been able to see. It's never easy to move clubs when you're young, and especially to join one like Real Madrid. He's shown that he represents the future."

Zinedine Zidane checks on Eden Hazard as he exits the pitch against Levante
Image: Zinedine Zidane checks on Eden Hazard as he exits the pitch with an injury against Levante

Hazard also had high praise for Real manager Zinedine Zidane, who was instrumental in bringing him to the Bernabeu.

"We all know what Zidane was like as a player; he was the best. There's no longer any need to describe him as a coach. He's proven in the space of just a few years that he's already one of the best," Hazard said.

"As a coach, he's just like he was as a player. He's a humble person who knows how to say the right thing at the right time. He shows confidence in his players and his players have confidence in him. That's why it works."

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