Eden Hazard has confessed that his first two seasons as a Real Madrid player “have not been good”.
The Belgian moved to Los Blancos from Chelsea in 2019 but has endured a horror time due to injuries and a lack of consistency.
Madrid spent €100m (£88m) on the playmaker, who has looked a shadow of the player who lit up Stamford Bridge so regularly.
Hazard was seen as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left 12 months prior, but he has only managed to score five times in 46 outings.
The 30-year-old is now playing under a new manager in Carlo Ancelotti and is determined to repay the club’s investment.
“I signed with Real Madrid for five seasons. The first two have not been good, the injuries have not helped me, but I still have three more to prove my worth,” he said to HLN .
“I hope it works, I hope to get up one morning and feel great on the training ground. If I feel pain there, I drag it to the games and I will continue to have it. I am waiting for that moment when I can show my worth again.
“Real Madrid have already spent a lot of money on me. I want to give something back to them.”
Hazard has looked to set the record straight amid suggestions he is also absent.
Continued injury issues have kept him out but he is keen to remind people that was not always the case.
The former Blue is now confident that, after a lengthy process, he is in the right physical shape as he edges towards being fully fit.
“People think that I am always injured. That is the truth. But if you review my career there is not a player who, for a period of 10 years, has played as many games as I have,” he added.
“I do what I have to do. I work daily with the physio. That’s what I do. Since the beginning of the season we have done a great job with the physical trainer.
“At the moment it is going well, I am feeling better, but I am not completely 100% still. I hope we continue like this.”
Hazard regularly bagged double figure goals during his Chelsea days but has experienced a sharp decline.
In 2014 the Belgian won the PFA Player of the Year award and continued to win honours in west London.
His only piece of silverware in Spain thus far has been the 2020 La Liga title, but he has been unable to influence the biggest games in Madrid.