Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes summer signing Eden Hazard has struggled to perform at Real Madrid because he put on too much weight.
Hazard has been scarcely involved in goal since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu. The forward contributing to just a goal and three assists since his summer recruitment.
The Belgian was once again at the tail end, as Real Madrid thumped Wednesday’s Champions League opponents Galatasaray in a six-goal thriller. With young Rodrygo now boasting of more goals than the experienced forward.
Arsene Wenger, however, believes Eden Hazard is simply too heavy to perform, saying that the forward lacks the confidence he had while at Chelsea.
“I feel we have not seen the Hazard we’ve known in England yet,” He said.
“He was not physically fit after he was injured.
“Is he a little bit… he’s not a player usually impressed by anything, but he looked to me like he does not have the same confidence he had at Chelsea.”
Arsene Wenger does not see any side of the story, where Eden Hazard is burdened by the pressure of playing for Real Madrid, reiterating his problem is all down to his weight.
“He’s not the type of guy to be like that,” Wenger said. “I don’t know him well enough to assess that.
“But I think it was more down to physical reasons.
“He came too heavy like we read in the papers.
“If you want to make a horse lose a race, putting two kilos on a horse of 500 kilos is enough.”
Real Madrid are back in action at the weekend, as they visit Eibar in Saturday’s La Liga fixture. With Zinedine Zidane hopeful his side can continue their impressive form in front of goal at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium.