Zidane: Real Madrid do not have a plan with Hazard



Posted Saturday, April 03, 2021 by Marca.com

Zidane: Real Madrid do not have a plan with Hazard

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed that there is no timetable for Eden Hazard's return from injury.

The Belgian forward trained with the group on Friday morning, as did Toni Kroos, another playing returning from injury, but there is no set date for when we will see Hazard in a Real Madrid shirt again.

"We don't have a plan with Hazard. We are not going to force anything," Zidane said during Friday's pre-match press conference.

"We will take it step by step. I can't tell you [exactly] when I see him [playing]. If it's in three days, all the better. If it's in 10 days, fine. We are happy because he is better."

Sergio Ramos picked up a calf injury on international duty that will see him miss a few games, with it likely that he will be unavailable for the matches against Liverpool and Barcelona on April 7 and 10 respectively.

"Nobody is to blame, neither the [Spanish] national team nor Real Madrid," Zidane noted.

"These are things that happen in football; the part of football that we don't like. We have to accept it.

"We want him to recover as soon as possible. We know the captain and the player he is. He has hurt himself a little bit and I hope he recovers [soon].

"We want Sergio to always be with us, but now we have to think about the players who are going to be with us.

"And I'm not looking beyond tomorrow [April 3]; tomorrow against Eibar is what is going to allow us to manage the whole season."

Ramos is into the final few months of his contract at Real Madrid, so does Zidane think that his captain will agree to a new deal?

"I don't know, I don't think this whole process of the injury or the elections will change much [in terms of the talks with Ramos]," he explained.

"My hope is that he continues. And the injury, although we are in contact, it couldn't be avoided. But like many this season. When you look at the injuries we've had... it's a lot."

Real Madrid welcomed Erling Haaland's father, Alf-Inge Haaland, and agent Mino Raiola to Valdebebas on Thursday, but the French coach did not have much to say on the matter.

"Everyone here does what they want and what they think is right," Zidane stated.

"My job is to prepare the match with all the boys."

Another player that has been linked with Real Madrid is Kylian Mbappe, who said during this international break that the pressure he has to deal with in France is heightened because he also plays his club football in the country.

"You're stronger when you're criticised, really," Zidane explained.

"I think that for every player, there will always be criticism. They will always say wonderful things when I do well and bad things when I don't do well. We are well aware of it here [at Real Madrid]."

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