Zidane on Hazard, aims dig at Chelsea?


Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on Real Madrid's latest galactico Eden Hazard following his £130 million (R2.2 billion) transfer to the club, and in doing so, appeared to have a sly dig at Premier League side Chelsea.

Hazard, 28, ended his seven-year spell with the Blues last month, penning a lucrative five-year deal with Zidane's side worth €100 million (R1.56 billion) in transfer fees, plus £30 million (R519 million) in add-ons.

The Belgian made his debut for his new team in Los Blancos' 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup over the weekend, and Zidane is confident the former Lille star's game will improve after his move to Madrid, seemingly aiming a jibe in Chelsea's direction in doing so.

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"He's a decisive player," Zidane said, as per AS.

"He scores goals and makes a difference. He's shown that throughout his career and now we have him. We will take advantage of his qualities.

"I'm very happy with him. Eden needed a club like Real Madrid to improve. This club has something special and we all know it.

"When I arrived at Real Madrid, I was 29 and I still had a lot left. I spent five years here as a player and improved things. Eden's situation is the same.

"We know the type of player he is and that he can give us a lot."