The Belgium international has been ravaged by fitness problems all the time at Santiago Bernabeu. That has prevented the former Chelsea star from achieving the desired effect in Spain, with the 29-year-old still only boasting one goal to his name.

Hazard is very close to returning on the field

According to Zinedine Zidane, Eden Hazard is “very close” to returning to the fold at Real Madrid after recovering from the last injury setback. The Belgium international has been ravaged by fitness problems all the time at Santiago Bernabeu. That has prevented the former Chelsea star from achieving the desired effect in Spain, with the 29-year-old still only boasting one goal to his name. He has yet to participate in the 2020-21 campaign as Real Madrid is keen to start positively defending their LaLiga title, but are returning to contention. Zidane is looking forward to returning the talented performer, telling reporters of Hazard ahead of their clash with Real Valladolid on Wednesday: “I think he’s very close to a comeback.

For Zidane, the important thing is balance in the game

“He is well prepared and trains with the team. The problem is that until now, he could not train a lot, but now he regularly returns to training. So, let’s see what happens. He wants to play. He had a big problem that has been causing him problems for a long time, but now he seems fine. “The season is very long, and Hazard is a professional. He wants to be with his teammates and play.” Having Hazard back will allow Zidane to make further changes to his tactical approach, with the Frenchman not going to settle on one system after mixing things up through a goalless draw with Real Sociedad and a 3-2 victory over Real Betis. He added: “For me, the most important thing is balance. The other day we had two, but we can play with one outside.”

“When you have, for example, the first three, the winger should not stay on the wing. We can move around. We have a lot of options.” Vinicius Junior and Rodrigo are the other alternatives available to Zidane. He insists that the Brazilian duo will see regular playing time this season despite questions asked by their lack of minutes. Colleagues like João Felix and Ansu Fati thrive at Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. Zidane said: “Questions like this make me laugh. It is Real Madrid, and some players will play more and others less. That is the reality. They were barely 20 years old. At that age, sometimes you will play and sometimes won’t.”