sport news Eden Hazard's can become 's most important player

Eden Hazard's popularity earned him a free pass for last season's struggles but 's most expensive player needs to become their most important... after his first Champions League goal in three years this week, it's time to show some magic If Eden Hazard can stay fit at no one doubts he will provide magic The Belgian, who joined Los Blancos in 2018, scored against Inter in midweek Zinedine Zidane knows game time can bring best out of player he was so keen on Team-mates have seen quality in training and feel it's being transferred to pitch

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 19:00 GMT, 27 November 2020 | Updated: 19:00 GMT, 27 November 2020

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If La Liga leaders Real Sociedad have David Silva; pretenders to the crown Atletico Madrid have Joao Felix, and Barcelona eventually get back the best version of Lionel Messi, then Zinedine Zidane knows his team will need their very own Merlin if they are to win the league. 

Only one man fits the bill and if Eden Hazard gets fit and stays fit no one doubts he will be the one to put the magic into Madrid's season.

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Hazard was candid after he scored in 's victory over Inter on Wednesday night. 'I need to play more, I need to build up my confidence,' he said. When asked how he could get that confidence he said in his improving Spanish: 'Play! On the pitch.'

If Eden Hazard can stay fit at Madrid no one doubts he will put the magic into their season

If Eden Hazard can stay fit at Madrid no one doubts he will put the magic into their season

Zinedine Zidane knows only game time can bring the best out of player he urged club to sign

Hazard, who joined LaLiga giants from Chelsea in 2018, scored against Inter Milan this week

Hazard, who joined LaLiga giants from Chelsea in 2018, scored against Inter Milan this week

Zidane knows only game time can bring the best out of the player he urged to sign for so long, and has since spent so long waiting to get back to his best.

'Clearly he needs to play more,' he said after the game on Wednesday. 'We are building up his minutes. We know how much quality he has and we need that from him.'

The numbers are still awful. The penalty took him to three goals in 27 games. And he was unable to play 90 minutes. But there is cautious confidence that the Chelsea version of the Belgian international has not gone forever and can produce in Spain.

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His team-mates believe it too. They have

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