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Belgium crashed out of Euro 2016 last night with a surprising 3-1 loss to Wales.

Despite obvious disappointment, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is trying to stay positive and look to future success. He insists that the team is young enough to stay together for the next two years and compete for the World Cup in 2018.

He also talked about the good times they have had with Manager Marc Wilmots. He wanted to wish him the best for the future if he decided to step down as manager of the Belgian squad.

“We’re going to keep working with the aim of winning things in future.

“There’s a lot of pressure on him [Wilmots]. We have had him as a coach for several years. We have had some great moments with him, some super moments with him.

“Today we have had a disappointment, but I think he will have a think, he will decide later if he wants to continue with us and if not, then we will wish him luck for the future.”

 

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Chelsea and Belgium winger Eden Hazard picked up a thigh injury a few days ago in the game against Hungary in which they eased to victory 4-0.

Belgium will play Wales tomorrow night and Hazard is in doubt for the game, he hasn’t trained all week.

However, the Belgium manager Marc Wilmots insists that the medical staff are doing all they can and if he is fit, he can still play the game without any training.

“Eden is still feeling some discomfort in his thigh.

“I can’t really say how it’s going to go. The medical staff are doing their work and we’re waiting.

“Will Eden be able to play on Friday without having trained on Thursday? It’s possible.”

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is in doubt for Belgium to play in Lille on Friday in the Euro 2016 quarter final clash against Wales.

Hazard was a big part of the Belgium side that eased past Hungary with an emphatic 4-0 victory. He managed to get himself a goal and also assisted in one. He was by far man-of-the-match. Unfortunately, he picked up a thigh injury during the game and has been unable to train since.

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots told reporters that he is unsure as to whether the 25-year-old will be fit for the important game but insists that they are doing everything they can to get him ready.

“We are working on getting him 100% fit.

“I cannot give you a specific time when that will happen, nor can I tell you that he will be OK.”

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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots reassured everyone, and especially Belgians and Chelsea fans, about Eden Hazard‘s fitness.

The Blues star has been suffering with knee and groin injuries in this first part of EURO 2016, while his team-mate Kevin de Bruyne had a problem with his hamstring.

However, head coach Wilmots is optimistic regarding both players ahead of another day’s training.

“Kevin received his care at Haillan,” the ex midfielder said.

 “It’s going in the right direction. The only remedy to remove tension in the hamstring is rest.

“Eden stayed at the hotel. He worked in the pool and cycled.

“They could both train on Thursday”

 

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard suffered an injury and left the pitch after 50 minutes due to a strong tackle during a practice match.

Anyway the Belgium captain is expected to be fit for the clash against Italy after head coach Marc Wilmots described his problem as ‘just a knock.’

He told reporters: “I don’t think it is a serious injury, just a knock.”

 

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Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois were both name by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots for the upcoming EURO 2016 tournament.

With Vincent Kompany set to miss the tournament through injury, Hazard is expected to captain Belgium in France this summer.

Eden’s brother, Thorgan, has been placed on a seven-player standby list, while Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli and Everton winger Kevin Mirallas were left out of the list.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillett (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg)

Forwards: Michy Batshauyi (Olympique Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool)

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Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has confirmed that Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will captain his country in the absence of Vincent Kompany at the European Championships.

 

The 25 year old has been struggling for form this season at club level and there were suggestions he could potentially not be a guaranteed starter at the tournament this summer.

Wilmots said: “In Vincent Kompany’s absence, Eden Hazard will be our captain,” said at his press conference.

Kompany underwent surgery on a thigh/groin problem last week after injuring himself in the Champions League semi-final second leg game against Real Madrid.

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The Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld is currently the first name on Belgium squad not Eden Hazard.

Even if Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is the team’s captain and Chelsea Eden Hazard is the vicecaptain, coach Wilmots said that the first player on his team sheet there is no one else but Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgium manager has praised Tottenham star for the recent improvements in his game. He has also confirmed that he will be quitting his post with Belgium after Euro 2016, when his contract expires.

Wilmots told RTBF:

”“For now, it’s Toby Alderweireld. He has improved a lot, he is versatile and he’s become one of the regulars.”

When asked about the rumors about the future of Eden and his potential transfer to Real Madrid said:

”Eden is big enough to make his own choices, I do not intervene in there”

 

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EDEN HAZARD
Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Despite scoring the winner at 86′ in a tough match at Cyprus, Chelsea star Eden Hazard was slammed by Belgium coach, Marc Wilmots, who criticised him and Liverpool striker Benteke for their disappointing performances  in the Euro 2016 qualifier game:

He [Hazard] was the worst tonight,“pointed out Wilmots after the game.

I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that [score]. At the World Cup, this was the case.

I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses.”

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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to L’Equipe before the friendly match France v Belgium, Chelsea star Eden Hazard discussed about his relationship with Blues boss José Mourinho and also about the goals in his career.

But first of all he praised the Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, that recently lauded hi and claimed he’s one of the three best players in the world.

Hazard returned the compliment by saying the 22-year-old will be a great player in future.

“It’s because he couldn’t take the ball off me and had to foul me a lot. (laughs) Seriously though, I’m happy to hear that. Marco is still young (22yo). He’s going to become a great, great player at his position. We’ve faced PSG two years in a row, I’ve seen his progress.”

Going on in the interview, that’s what Eden said about is growth as a player and his relationship with his managers. Here’s a little part of it:

Q: How did playing in England transform you?

Hazard: Here football is what people think about. Everyone supports a club and in your social life, you’re going to talk about football a lot. Even being as relaxed as in France, you know you must win for the club and to make the fans happy. And then there’s my price tag (40m), which increases the pressure. But I’ve always dealt well with the pressure.

Q: How do you convince a Rudi Garcia, Marc Wilmots or José Mourinho to give you the freedom to express your own football vision (on the pitch)?

Hazard: It’s a daily work. You work as hard as you can, you perform well… and a relationship of trust is built. I must say though that at Cheslea sometimes the manager isn’t happy. He doesn’t show it, but he tells me if needed. We trust each other and that shows on the pitch.

Q: But Mourinho shows it sometimes… do you remember what happened after the Champions League semis vs Atlético Madrid last year?

Hazard: He did indeed express himself in the media (“Hazard isn’t willing to sacrifice himself 100% for the team). I didn’t take it the wrong way. It allowed me to progress as a player. I had the impression that I had played a good match. I was maybe a bit at fault for two of the goals we conceded but aside from that I did well. I forgot all about it quickly.

Finally, the dream of every football player, the Ballon d’Or:

Q: What do you need to do to become a credible Ballon d’Or candidate?

Hazard: It’s always been my dream. When I arrived at Lille’s training camp, I told my mentor – Jean-Michel Vandamme – that I’d win the Ballon d’Or one day. When I was little, that was all I ever thought about. The more I progress as a player, the more I tell myself that it’s possible. Unfortunately, there are two football aliens playing at the moment and it will be very tough to beat them. But that’s what I’m working for.

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