Former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard admits his debut season at Real Madrid has been the ‘worst’ of his career.

The Belgian made the €100 million (£88.5m) switch from Stamford Bridge to the Bernabeu last summer, but has struggled to make an impact due to a multitude of injuries.

Hazard’s appearance in the 2-1 win over Villarreal on Thursday – which wrapped up the Spanish giants’ 34th top-flight title – was only his 16th in La Liga for the season.

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And although the winger is happy with his side’s triumph, he feels dissatisfied with his own contribution.

‘This year we won the title collectively. For me, at an individual level, I’ve had the worst season of my career for sure,’ Hazard told France Info.

‘It was a bit of a strange season, with everything that happened.

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‘The next thing has to be the Champions League, even if it’s going to be difficult, because we have to play at Manchester City and they have a very good team.’

Real Madrid CF v Villarreal CF  - La Liga
Madrid won their 34th Spanish league title (Picture: Getty Images)

Zinedine Zidane claimed his second league title as Madrid coach and after less than five years in management, Hazard believes the Frenchman is already up there with the very best.

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‘We all knew Zidane as a player, he was the best. As a coach, we don’t even have to describe it,’ he added.

‘He has proven, in just a few years, that he is already one of the best. He is a simple person who knows how to say things at the right time.

‘He trusts his players and his players trust him, that’s why it works.’


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