Zinedine Zidane sends Eden Hazard warning to Chelsea ahead of reunion

Zinedine Zidane has backed Eden Hazard to kickstart his Real Madrid career against his old club.

Real Madrid boss Zidane is set to use Hazard against Chelsea in their Champions League showdown and believes the Belgium star could play a key role even from the bench.

Hazard, 30, joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in a staggering £100m-plus deal two years ago but has never really set Spain alight largely because of injuries.

But Hazard came on as a substitute against Real Betis last weekend and will be in the squad to face Chelsea in the semi-final.

Zidane said: “I don’t see Eden having any doubts. He looked very good on the field the other day. That was the most important, not feeling anything from his old problems.

“Now he is good, and now to push on. We are happy to have him with us, he will bring a lot to the team. Now he is with us, he is also happy because he is going to contribute to the team a lot.”

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories are being talked about in the Spanish media that Real Madrid could get unfair treatment from Dutch referee Danny Makkelie because of their involvement with the European Super League as president Florentino Perez led the revolt.

There is also talk that Real Madrid could be kicked out of the Champions League as punishment. But Zidane added: “It is absurd to think that we will not be in the Champions League next year. All is said. There is a lot of talk about that topic.

"We have to be aware of tomorrow’s game. As it is not something we control … We want to see Madrid in the next Champions League.”

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