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Zinedine Zidane reveals Eden Hazard apology to Real Madrid players after defeat to Chelsea


Eden Hazard angered Real Madrid by laughing and joking after their Champions League exit (BT Sport)

Zinedine Zidane has revealed that Eden Hazard apologised to Real Madrid’s players for laughing and joking after their Champions League defeat to Chelsea this week.

Madrid were dumped out of the competition following a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Hazard struggled to make an impact against his former club and then angered those connected with Madrid after television cameras caught him in high spirits with Kurt Zouma just minutes after the full-time whistle.

The Belgium international has since issued a public apology for his conduct, while Zidane says he is now keen to get the best out of Madrid’s £130 million signing.

‘Hazard knows what he has to do on the pitch and he is going to do it, we spoke the other day after the game to say that he apologised for the reaction, with me, with the club, with the players,’ said Zidane.

‘It’s over and we have to focus. In football that is most important for us and the end of the season.

Eden Hazard struggled to make an impact in Real Madrid’s defeat to Chelsea (Getty)

‘He has apologised for the other day and has done well, it was not his intention to hurt anyone and he said so.

‘He is a Real Madrid player and he will compete for Real Madrid.

‘All the players reach the heart of Real Madrid, it is true that at the moment it has not been possible to see the Hazard that people want to see but I think he will take it forward.

‘It is a complicated moment because of everything that has happened but he has a contract and he wants to succeed here.

‘I hope that soon he will show what he is as a player.’

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