Hazard responds to ex-teammate Mikel & Wenger's comment

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 20/11/2019

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has responded to former Chelsea teammate John Obi Mikel and ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's comment about his work ethic and his weight.

The 28-year-old Belgium international quits Stamford Bridge to secure a club-record transfer of £130million move to his dream to Santiago Bernabeu last summer in what was the biggest deal of the transfer window after seven seasons with the Europa League Champions.

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Hazard has attracted a few brickbats because of appearing to be out of shape and a poor start to life with the Los Blancos has not helped the winger as he been trying to rediscover his form in Real Madrid as the Red Devils captain facing criticisms from all corners with the Nigerian midfielder Mikel labelled him “the laziest player I have played with” and Wenger described him to be “too heavy”.

However, while speaking to Sky Sports on Monday, the Belgian himself insisted that he is fully fit and will “always try” to do his best.

"For the last month I’ve been in good condition with no injuries,” he said, before adding:

"I’m in good shape. When I’m on the pitch I will always try to do my best, with Real Madrid or Belgium. I just want to keep this momentum.”

He also spoke about the prospect of playing the last qualifying match of Belgium at home, and about how satisfying it would be to celebrate the team's qualification for the 2020 European Championship with the fans.

"It's good to play our last game at home, especially when you have qualified already. You have nothing to play, but you hope for a party with the fans against Cyprus.

"We had a problem with winning away so it won't be easy but hopefully we can score some goals, keep a clean sheet and keep the fans happy."

Hazard has one goal and three assists in seven games so far in La Liga and will be hoping to reignite his form after the international break.