EDEN HAZARD has hit the headlines in Spain for all of the wrong reasons.
The 30-year-old’s shocking spell of form continued during the 2-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
The former Chelsea star failed to make an impact against Athletic Bilbao
He failed to complete a single successful dribble during the Spanish Super Cup semi-final.
The Real Madrid flop was eventually hauled off after 67 minutes by Zinedine Zidane.
His disastrous display led several Spanish papers to plaster him on their front page and question his role within the team.
Popular paper AS claimed ex-Chelsea star Hazard was ‘nowhere to be seen’ during the game.
His performance was described as ‘disappointing’ and he was accused of ‘wasting’ possession.
Meanwhile, Marca insisted Hazard wasted yet another chance to prove himself.
The Spanish publication concluded: “The Belgian isn’t himself. He played more centrally and, although he was active, he went off for Vinicius and still needs to do more. “
Zidane has begged fans to ‘be patient’ with the Hazard as he is low on confidence.
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Eden Hazard was slated for his poor performance during the defeat on Thursday
The Bernabeu boss told reporters: “[Hazard] needs to recover confidence, play a great game or score a goal, just to do something different.
“We know what a great player he is and we need to be patient with him as he is working hard.
“We are behind him and we must give him time.
“The fans want to see the best version of Eden so we must be patient.
Eden Hazard was hauled off in the second half of the semi-final clashCredit: The Mega Agency
“We’re sticking with him and he really wants to step up. But today it wasn’t just Eden, we’re all in this together.”
Madrid signed Hazard from Chelsea in 2019 for a fee that could exceed £150million.
Since his arrival, the Belgian superstar has scored just three times for Zidane’s side.
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