Zinedine Zidane tips Eden Hazard to bounce back after poor spell

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard may have flattered to deceive during the opening months of this season, but he can still name Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane amongst his admirers.

Zidane, who is the current manager of Real Madrid Castilla, has told reporters that he remains a big fan of the Belgium international and believes it won’t be too long before he starts producing eye-catching performances again.

Hazard won the PFA Premier League Player of the Year award last season and, around the same time, Zidane hailed the 24-year-old as one of the world’s top three players alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


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"I'm still a fan of Eden,” Zidane was quoted as saying by Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur. “Every career has its highs and lows. I have no doubts. He will be back."

In 12 Premier League appearances this season, Hazard has registered just three assists and is still looking for his maiden goal after his strike against Arsenal in September was eventually ruled as a Calum Chambers own goal. The Belgian has also failed to score or contribute an assist in this season’s Champions League campaign.

Hazard's dip in form is baffling

It’s all a far cry from last season when Hazard netted 14 goals and provided 10 assists in the Premier League alone.

Many predicted Hazard would take his game up another level this term and close the gap between himself and Messi and Ronaldo; however, fans are now starting to question whether the attacking winger really is the real deal.

It’s mystifying why Hazard has been so underwhelming since August, but his relationship with the under-fire Jose Mourinho has come under the spotlight in recent weeks.

Hazard & Mourinho relationship 'under immense strain'

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Garry Richardson - per the Independent - claimed the relationship between the two men is “under immense strain” - and were that the case, it would at least provide an explanation for Hazard’s poor performances.

Thorgan Hazard denies that suggestion

Hazard’s brother Thorgan, however, has told reporters there is no problem between his older sibling and the Chelsea manager.

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