Eden Hazard says he would love to play under current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
Eden Hazard says he would love to work with current Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, one day but insists that he's happy at Chelsea. The Belgian has had a start-stop season at the Bridge with frequent injuries and some poor form but insists that he's willing to fight for his place and make his mark in London.
Last season's Player of the Year winner, Hazard, has only scored one goal in thirty-one appearances for the defending champions this season with his side currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table, says he's not thinking of leaving Guus Hiddink's side just yet.
Earlier last year, Zidane – while the manager of Real Castilla, effectively Madrid's B team – acknowledged the quality of the Belgian and said Real Madrid should sign him some time.
"He's my favourite player (on the Belgian team)," the former three-time FIFA World Player of the Year said. "He's the one that gives me the most when I see Belgium play."
Hazard, in an interview with Sudinfo.be, insists the admiration is mutual.
"It's always nice to hear that a player that I admired during my childhood talks about me," he said.
"I always liked Zidane. Now I know the player by heart but don't know the coach at all, even if he's started very well at the Bernabeu. I'm also still under contract at Chelsea and I feel very good there."
When asked if he'd like to play under the Frenchman one day, he added: "Yes of course. When I was little, I watched him on television and the internet for hours. I talked Zidane and I ate Zidane. But, and I repeat it, I feel very good at Chelsea so it's not news."
Hazard: FIFA Ballon D'Or still my ultimate aim
While he's been going in and out of the Chelsea first team, Hazard's aim is still the highest individual honour, FIFA Ballon D'Or.
"It's not because I'm coming out of four more delicate months that I'm not going to think about it any longer," Hazard said. "It's still an aim. Beyond that, if it comes, it's great. If it doesn't, it's no big deal. Some very good footballers have never won it."