Eden Hazard’s brother, Kylian, has encouraged the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star to give up his boots. The 32-year-old winger has been left without a club this season after his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expired with still a year remaining.
He suffered a number of injuries after leaving the Blues and joining Real Madrid, so he struggled to secure a place in the starting line-up. Even when Hazard was available for selection, the Belgium international was unable to overtake Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio or Rodrygo in the pecking order.
In fact, on several occasions Federico Valverde, who is normally a box-to-box midfielder, was preferred on the right wing by Carlo Ancelotti during his stay in the Spanish capital. Since becoming a free agent, there has been much speculation regarding Hazard’s future, with people close to him claiming he has rejected offers from six clubs.
With the season well underway, they have been urged to enjoy their hard work. In an interview with Spanish publication Diario AS, Eden’s younger brother Killian revealed that the Chelsea legend still lives in Madrid and has decided to take a step back from professional football.
“He’s not progressing at the moment, but I don’t know if his career is over or not,” Killian said. “It will be up to him to say if he takes a final decision. Eden is in Madrid because his children go to school there and he has decided to rest for the time being.
“He’s trying to enjoy life right now. He still loves football, it’s always been his biggest passion and that’s why he gave everything for every team he played for. ”
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“He did everything he could and won trophies at every club he played for, including Real Madrid. If I were him, I would retire immediately. After a long career like his, I think Eden deserves to spend time with her family.”
Although Hazard is still living in Madrid, he is still making some efforts to ensure that Chelsea remains in a good position. According to the Express, Romeo Lavia spoke to the Blues legend about his time at Stamford Bridge in December, ahead of joining in the summer.
The report adds that Hazard ‘actively encouraged’ his fellow countryman to take the chance to join the west London outfit if the opportunity never arose in the future. Fast forward a few months and Lavia called him to celebrate his move to Chelsea.
“The Big Boss,” Lavia said when Hazard accepted his FaceTime call. The former Real Madrid player replied: “Are you blue now or what?”
“Yes, I’m keeping an eye on the training ground right now,” Lavia said.
Lavia: “Thank you, thank you.”
Hazard: “You’re in a great club!”
Lavia: “You have a great reputation here, and that puts me under pressure right away!”
Hazard: “They know everything about Belgium. Now you know – if you need anything, you know where I am.”
Hazard also assured the teenager that Chelsea will compete for silverware again under Mauricio Pochettino after a disappointing campaign last term. He said: “Last year was not very good for Chelsea but this year it will be more calm, there are a lot of things that have changed.
“Don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to show what you can do. You know what qualities you have. As a Belgian, it will work out well.”