Eden Hazard’s post-match laughter with Chelsea stars has brewed up a “monumental” amount of anger at Real Madrid, a report reveals.
Camera footage showed the winger happy in conversation with Edouard Mendy and Kurt Zouma, despite Los Blancos’ defeat in the Champions League semi-final second leg. Former Blues star Hazard already has a sketchy relationship with the Madrid faithful and Spanish press, given his constant injury problems.
However, his latest actions prompted Josep Pedrerol – anchor of typically flamboyant chat show El Chiringuito – to label the Belgian ‘another Gareth Bale’.
Furthermore, ESPN claims that Madrid officials and even some of his colleagues feel angered by the laughter.
Indeed, Hazard has caused a stir among some of his teammates. Nevertheless, the report does not say who has rallied against the forward.
One club source told the news outlet: “Eden has enough experience to not have that attitude when the cameras are on him.”
The source also pointed out goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – who looked dejected – as a better role model.
ESPN were told that it was “intolerable” for Hazard to show “that attitude after an elimination” as seismic as in a Champions League semi-final for 13-time winners Madrid.
The source hit out at Hazard for “lacking tact” and said that his actions will have consequences.
“It wasn’t the time or the place to give that image,” they said. They then added that the Belgium international will get a “slap on the wrist”.
Hazard played only 25 minutes of last week’s first leg against Chelsea in Spain. However, boss Zinedine Zidane gave him a starting role at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea won 2-0 to progress to the final.
Indeed, the winger failed to have much of an impact and came off after 88 minutes for Mariano Diaz.
Hazard future remains unclear
The Spanish press has predicted that Hazard’s future at Madrid could be over after his conversations on Wednesday.
However, ESPN notes that Madrid ‘closed ranks’ after the defeat.
In any case, club chiefs feel happy to have reached the semi-finals after making no major signings in last summer’s transfer window.