Eden Hazard is looking forward to playing his first Real Madrid matches during pre-season in order to impress everyone at the club.
Friendly games may pale in comparison to the significance of LaLiga Santanderor the Champions League but the Belgian cannot wait to wear the Real Madridjersey and show his quality.
The former Chelsea man could get his first taste of action for Los Blancos in their friendly against Bayern Munich in the early hours of Sunday morning in the International Champions Cup.
“It’s just friendly games [coming up] but for me it’s going to be my first game with Real Madrid so of course I want to impress everyone: my teammates, the boss, the fans so I will try to do my best,” he said in an interview with Jay Shetty.
“I try to play freely, sometimes it’s difficult in football, but I’m the kind of player who, if he does not play freely, it’s bad.”
“I like to put myself on the right [wing], then on the left, sometimes in the centre, playing by instinct. That’s football for me – instinct. I do not think about each action carefully, in a second I make the decision,” he added.
Hazard admitted that there is far more pressure at Real Madrid but feels his experience is key to coping with the demands of the club.
“When you play for Real Madrid you have to win every year. If in a year you do not win the Champions League, the fans are angry but it’s normal at a club like this. You need to win and that’s why I’m here.
“What can I contribute? I went to Chelsea seven years ago as a baby but I am more mature now – I have played more than 500 games, but I am 28 years old and I still feel young.
“LaLiga is completely different from the Premier League but, with experience, you adapt quickly. I think that experience is the most important thing,” he mentioned.
After discussing some of his favourite career goals, Hazard added that “the best is yet to come”.