Eden Hazard: Real Madrid fans care more than Chelsea’s

Eden Hazard concedes he has noticed that Real Madrid supporters are more invested than fans at his former side Chelsea.

The 28-year-old forward, moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid for a reported £130m in the summer window after seven years at Stamford Bridge.

“I think that here the fans are really fans,” said Hazard, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League group match against Paris Saint-Germain.

“In England there are not so many fans, people there like football and everyone, young people, adults, teenagers, are really interested in their football, but they are not so fanatical about their teams.

“At the time I was in Chelsea and we lost, we were disappointed as were the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster.

“When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League,” he continued.

“That is why I think there is so much expectation placed on this competition and that is why the club has won it more than any other team.”

Hazard patiently waited for a move away from Chelsea – he first said it could be time to leave after the 2018 World Cup – but that did not stop him speaking of his desire to play for Real Madrid while still a Blue.

“When I was at Chelsea, I already knew that my dream was to play for [Real Madrid] someday,” he said.

“I hadn’t expected to play seven years at Chelsea, but in the end everything went well and I had the chance to win something every year. I think that’s why I stayed there so long.”


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