Real Madrid appointed former manager, Carlo Ancelloti as the replacement for Zinedine Zidane, and forward, Eden Hazard, who has struggled with injury has reacted to the appointment of the Italian gaffer.
Hazard has expressed his excitement at Don Carlo’s appointment and he is confident that the Merengues will achieve great things under the Italian boss, who had a successful first spell, winning the Decima for Real Madrid.
Speaking on the appointment of Ancelotti, Hazard said: “Everyone at Real Madrid knows what Ancelotti has brought to the club. He won the Champions League with this group and he knows a lot of the players. We know that he is a coach with a lot of experience.”
He continued: “He knows the city and the fans. I think we can do great things together. I don’t know him personally, but from what I’ve heard of him he’s a very nice person who just wants to win, and that’s what we all want. We’ll have the chance to work together. It’s good news for me.”
The Italian gaffer, who turns 62 on the 10th of June, left his role at Everton to return to Real for a second spell, where he will get a pay cut from his earning at the Goodison Park to sign a three-year contract at Santiago Bernabeu.
Ancelotti’s first stint at the Bernabeu started in 2013, and it was a success, where he delivered four trophies in the space of just two seasons, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League, bringing home the ‘La Decima’ dream, beating local rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the 2013-14 final.
Hazard, who became Real Madrid’s most expensive football player, has been plagued with injuries since moving to Spain, and he is yet to justify the €100 million (£86m/$121m) price tag when he joined the club in the summer of 2019.
With the arrival of Ancelotti, the 30-year-old forward will have a clean slate and will hope to rediscover his form as he did while he was playing for Chelsea, the same team Carlo also coached before Hazard.