Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos does not “pity” out-of-favour Eden Hazard, saying: “I don’t feel sorry for anyone in football”.
Hazard’s career at Madrid has been blighted by several injuries, and the former Chelsea star has only started one game in La Liga this campaign.
The 32-year-old, who has only played 98 minutes in the Spanish league all campaign, revealed this week that he and Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti “don’t talk to each other”.
While Hazard is keen to see out the rest of the five-year deal he signed when joining Madrid in 2019, the chances of him forcing his way into the club’s plans appear remote. But Kroos has no sympathy for his team-mate.
“Compassion is out of place in football. I don’t think Eden has a bad life,” he told Belgian broadcaster Eleven Sports.
“You can sympathise with people who are having a clearly worse time. It’s not about money, I just don’t feel sorry for anyone in football.
“Of course, the situation has been difficult for a long time, but after all, everyone is responsible for their own situation to some extent.
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“That’s why I think pity is misplaced. I know Eden very well, we talk often, but I only sympathise with people who are in very bad situations and Eden is not one of them.”