Eden Hazard's decision to retire caused different reactions. Many did not expect that the Belgian would really end his career so early. Arriving in Real Madrid, Hazard's form became very bad, and injuries were also the main culprit for that.
In an interview with the media, the Belgian revealed his reasons for deciding to retire; ‘In life, you can’t explain everything. I am at peace with myself. I am happy. I’m not going to say [the decision was] difficult but it wasn’t easy.
I had been thinking about it for a while so it helped. I have so many things to do outside of football that I was able to make a calm choice.’- the Belgian said, as quoted by METRO!
Eden Hazard on his decision
The former Chelsea player confirmed that at the moment when he left the national team, he was thinking about leaving football completely.
Playing with injuries, and being aware of the fact that he could not give his maximum was frustrating for him. Hazard realized that he no longer enjoyed football. The Belgian did not have many dilemmas.
‘I had already thought about it when I retired with the national team.
I was coming out of a complicated period with Real. I had always said that I would stop as soon as I no longer had fun on the pitch. I didn’t want to go play somewhere for the money. It was the best solution. I no longer enjoyed training, and I no longer played.
The decision was simple.’
Although there were rumors that he would continue his football adventure at Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Hazard denied that there were any contacts.
‘There was nothing. I’ve heard a lot of nonsense but it’s part of the transfer window.
It was cool to see my name associated with quite a few clubs. Especially in Belgium. I never had the chance to play for a Belgian club. It could have been a great story but it didn’t happen.’