Arsene Wenger believes Eden Hazard is struggling to impress at Real Madrid as he was ‘too heavy’ when he linked up with the Spanish giants.
Reports claim the Belgium star was seven kilograms overweight when he arrived from Chelsea in June, and Hazard’s unconvincing showings in pre-season were blamed on him lacking physically.
Things have not really improved for Hazard since the start of the campaign, with only one goal scored and three assisted in 10 appearances in all competition.
On Wednesday he was substituted in the 68th minute of Real’s 6-0 Champions League defeat of Galatasaray, and former Arsenal boss Wenger was not exactly blown away with Hazard’s performance.
“I feel we have not seen the Hazard we’ve known in England yet,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “He was not physically fit after he was injured.
“He’s not a player usually impressed by anything, but he looked to me like he does not have the same confidence he had at Chelsea.”
In his final season at Stamford Bridge, Hazard bagged 21 goals and provided 17 assists in all competitions and Wenger dismissed the idea he cannot handle the pressure of representing Los Blancos.
In fact, the ex-Gunner suggested all Hazard’s problems stem from the extra weight he is alleged to be carrying.
“He’s not the type of guy to be like that [awestruck],” added Wenger. “I don’t know him well enough to assess that.
“But I think it was more down to physical reasons.
“He came too heavy, like you read in the papers.
“If you want to make a horse lose a race, putting two kilos on a horse of 500 kilos is enough.”
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