Zinedine Zidane has backed star signing Eden Hazard to shine at Real Madrid as the former Chelsea man continues to struggle to adapt to life in the Spanish capital.
Hazard was substituted during Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on the weekend, having made little to no impact for Los Blancos. This has been a recurring theme for the Belgium star since his arrival at the Bernabeu.
But Zidane, who is acutely aware of the pressures heaped on a star player at a big club, has backed the attacker to be an overwhelming success at the club.
‘I know (Hazard) is going to succeed here,’ the Frenchman told reporters during his pre-match press conference for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday night.
‘I’m not going to give him any advice on how to play; he knows what we want from him and we know the player he is. We all have to remain calm, I’m not worried at all.
‘He needs more time, we have to be calm with the players who have just arrived.’
Zidane spoke of his experience when he first moved to Madrid from Juventus in a big-money move at the turn of the century. He said he can empathize with his £150million signing.
‘The same thing happened to me, yes,’ Zidane said.
‘This is why I’m very calm, I knew things would work out for me in time and it’s the same with Hazard.
‘He’s going to be fine and fans have to back him.’
Real Madrid are looking to get their Champions League journey up and running on Tuesday when they host Club Brugges. Zidane’s side were humiliated last time out, losing 3-0 to Paris Saint Germain in their Group A opener.