Eden Hazard has promised to return to his best form once his “challenging position” at Real Madrid is settled.
During his 65 minutes on the pitch in Belgium’s 2-1 Nations League victory against Wales on Thursday, the Belgian international showed flashes of quality.
Hazard played the most minutes in a single match this season, having only made one start in Madrid’s nine games, all of which ended in winning.
Hazard’s status in Belgium’s starting lineup has been put into question ahead of the World Cup, and the former Chelsea forward has admitted that he needs to play more regularly.
“I was excited to begin another match,” he told RTL. “I believe you witnessed that. I enjoy playing, and it was great to play for the fans here [in Brussels] again.
“I know what I’m capable of. Now I’m looking forward to getting in shape for the World Cup. We’ll see what the coach [Roberto Martinez] chooses, but I’m more happy when I’m on the field.
“I give it my all when I play.” Real Madrid is in a difficult condition. I wish I could play more, but I can’t.
“I’ve always claimed that when Eden Hazard plays, the old Eden Hazard will return. I just need to get back into the swing of things.”
Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne both scored and assisted to put Belgium ahead 2-0 against Wales, who pulled one back through Kieffer Moore.
Martinez’s team is still three points behind Group A4 leaders the Netherlands as they prepare to go to Amsterdam for their final encounter on Sunday.
“We’re going to attempt to perform well there and prepare for the World Cup,” Hazard added.