EDEN HAZARD has impressed Real Madrid bosses by turning up to pre-season in peak condition.
The 31-year-old has struggled with summer conditioning since his £130million transfer from Chelsea in 2019.
But AS report that things are different this year and the midfielder has returned in “perfect condition”.
And they claim Hazard’s form since returning to Madrid’s training ground has “far exceeded the expectations” of Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff.
The playmaker has work all summer with a personal trainer and has returned to his optimum weight.
His “ankle pain is gone” and he is “without limits” during club workouts.
The Belgium international has been blasted in the past for turning up out-of-shape for the start of the season.
A pundit called him “fat” on live television and Hazard even admitted he rocked up five kilos overweight.
But this campaign, the ex-Blues star vowed to “give it his all” for the team after an injury-plagued three seasons at the Bernabeu.
He made the vow at Real Madrid’s Champions League trophy parade in front of thousands of jubilant fans.
Taking the microphone, Hazard said: “I’ve been here for three years with many injuries, with many things.
“This year I couldn’t but next year I’m going to give it all for you.”
The winger played just seven LaLiga games and only 83 total minutes in the Champions League last season, netting just once in all competitions
He has missed a whopping 57 games mainly due to muscle injuries and has a measly six goals in 66 appearances for the club overall.
But boss Ancelotti is hoping to revive Hazard will work to revive Real career and may even play him as a false nine, according to reports.
Hazard’s fitness transformation will squash transfer talk as he was linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.
Money-bags Newcastle were also rumoured to be keen on a move after claims the champions were open to selling.
Nevertheless Ancelotti was also adamant that Hazard will be staying in Spain.