Eden Hazard takes aim at Chelsea fans ahead of potential first Real Madrid start
The Belgian broke Blues hearts when he finally sealed a £130m move to the Bernabeu this summer, calling time on his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge.
In 352 appearances for the club, Hazard netted 110 goals and picked up two Premier League titles, as many Europa Leagues, one FA Cup and a League Cup.
He undoubtedly goes down as one of the greatest players in Chelsea’s 114-year history, making his departure a bitter pill for their fans to swallow.
But a mere three months after ending his love-affair with the Blues, Hazard has taken a swipe at the club’s supporters by claiming their Spanish counterparts are more “fanatical about their teams”.
“I think that here the fans are really fans, football is everything to them and they need players to give everything, in England there aren’t so many fans.
“Of course, people there like football and everyone be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football, but they aren’t so fanatical about their teams.”
Hazard only made his Real debut on Saturday, coming off the bench in their 3-2 victory against Levante.
The 28-year-old was dealt an early setback in his Los Blancos career after suffering a thigh injury during pre-season, meaning the Madrid faithful were forced to wait to see their new marquee signing in action.
When he was brought on in Saturday’s victory at the Bernabeu, Hazard looked slightly rusty at times and will need time to rediscover his sharpness.
Yet goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois revealed afterwards he was “p****d off” with his team-mate’s display.
“He almost scored a goal with what he did [in attack],” he told Movistar.
“He has a lot of pace with the ball, it’s what he does.
“But I got a little p***** off with him because he lost the ball twice.”