French World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry SLAMS Eden Hazard for 'making fun of the world of football', after admitting he 'let go of myself' following his £150m move to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019
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French World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry SLAMS Eden Hazard for 'making fun of the world of football', after admitting he 'let go of myself' following his £150m move to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019

Feb 9, 2024
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  • Christophe Dugarry has blasted him for not being honest with his team-mates
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Christophe Dugarry has hit out at Eden Hazard following the retired winger’s revealing interview about his struggles at Real Madrid.

Hazard secured a £150m move to Real Madrid in 2019 after enjoying a stunning campaign at Chelsea that saw him scored 21 goals and lead the Blues to Europa League glory.

But his career in Spain proved to be a major disappointment as he netted just seven times in 76 appearances across four seasons before hanging up his boots last year. Hazard turned up to his first pre-season at Madrid a stone overweight, and admitted he ‘let go of myself’ that summer once the deal went through.

After reading Hazard’s eye-opening comments, Dugarry, who won the 1998 World Cup with France, feels the Belgian star failed his manager and team-mates by not being honest about his commitment to the cause at the time.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Dugarry said: ‘It’s very easy to say this now but it should have been said before. It’s when you sign your multi-million contract that you should tell the president that you’re going out that evening.’

Eden Hazard has admitted he 'let go of myself' following his move to Real Madrid in 2019

Eden Hazard has admitted he ‘let go of myself’ following his move to Real Madrid in 2019

Christophe Dugarry has blasted Hazard for not being honest with his manager and team-mates at the time

Christophe Dugarry has blasted Hazard for not being honest with his manager and team-mates at the time

‘Did he say to his manager and teammates that he was getting drunk and that he didn’t like running in training? Football is a professional and team sport. You have obligations.

‘You can’t respect everything to the letter but to promote this nonsense is a shame. Hazard was a great player but it’s a shame for the supporters who paid to see him play when he was drunk the day before.

‘His interview is making fun of the world of football. If you want to act like a courageous guy, you have to say it before. Why didn’t he tell Zidane this before being signed by Real Madrid?’

Dugarry’s fierce criticism of Hazard came after the 33-year-old opened up on exactly what went wrong when he first joined Madrid. 

‘With Chelsea I’d just finished one of the best seasons of my career,’ he told L’Equipe.

‘I said to myself, “now that I’m at Real Madrid, this is perhaps the last vacation I’ll be able to take…”

‘And I let go of myself like I let go of myself every summer. Seven years in England, without a break at Christmas, giving everything, so when I have three or four weeks of vacation, “don’t bother me”, barbecues, rosé wine… all that.

‘And that’s what allowed me to reset myself to start again. Then, Real, it went wrong and that’s it.’

Hazard also addressed the accusation that he was lazy when it came to training, conceding that he sometimes had ‘no desire’ to get involved.

Hazard admitted he had 'no desire' in training at times during his four years at Madrid

Hazard admitted he had ‘no desire’ in training at times during his four years at Madrid

‘They say I was a slacker. But I haven’t spent 16 years [as a professional] without training. The little games, the little runs, I was there,’ he added.

‘It’s true that some mornings I arrived without sleeping well, not feeling like it, no desire, and when it’s like that, I show it.

‘Don’t give me the ball. I’m making a square metre and I’m not moving! I don’t move.

‘And I don’t move for an hour. An hour of tactics? “Can I go with the physio?”‘



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