Duff blasts Hazard for arriving at Real Madrid "fat" and slams star’s attitude

Former Chelsea winger Damien Duff has blasted Eden Hazard for his lack of professionalism since arriving at Real Madrid.

The Belgian star made a big-money move from the Blues to the Bernabeu in 2019 but has struggled with injury issues and has yet to show anywhere near his best form.

Hazard came off the bench against his former club in the first leg of his side's Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, but again failed to make much of an impression on the game.

And speaking to RTE , Duff suggested the 30-year-old's best days may well already be behind him.

"You'd worry for him going forward," Duff said. "He's 30, he relies on sharpness, being a quick dribbler. We all know after 30 it's downhill.

"He's never been a top pro and he's never had the drive of (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. If he did, you'd probably be mentioning him with them two players."

Duff also feels Hazard did not help himself by turning up for his first season at Madrid overweight – and thinks he has to take some of the blame for the way things have worked out so far.

"He turned up for his first pre-season at Real Madrid – Galactico, €160million – overweight. Fat. Call it what you want," Duff continued.

"You'd worry for him, because he's had 11 injuries and to come back from 11 injuries – and he's hardly played in two years – you need to have drive, you need to be a top pro.

"You could argue that throughout his career, he's always battled with his weight.

"To be signed by Real Madrid, €160million, you turn up to pre-season in the shape of your life.

"And he turned up overweight because he was on holiday. I ain't having that. I hate aiming it at a player, but it's always been aimed at him anyway."

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