Luka Modric has spoken of Chelsea legend Eden Hazard’s determination to impress at Real Madrid – even if it risked his long-term fitness.
The Belgian struggled with injuries and a lack of form throughout his first year in the Spanish capital.
Speaking to AFP, the Croat said: “Eden is a great guy and a special player, but he was playing with pain and when you’re on the pitch, people always expect the best.
“They don’t care if you have little problems.
“I spoke to him and said, ‘Eden maybe you need not to play now and recover because next season we need you at your best.
“This is a season where you’re getting to know everything but next season you need to be 100 per cent because if not, it’s going to be difficult’.
“Hopefully he comes back without any problems and then I’m sure he’ll show his potential and why the club bought him, because we will need him a lot.”