‘I have no doubt’ – Janzuaj defends Hazard amid Real Madrid struggles

The Real Sociedad midfielder backed his fellow Belgian to bounce back from a difficult start to life in Spain

Adnan Januzaj has backed fellow Belgian Eden Hazard to come good at Real Madrid, as the former Manchester United winger says he has “no doubt” that the former Chelsea star will thrive in Spain.

Hazard has suffered a string of injury issues since trading Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu, having failed to live up to his hefty price tag.

But Januzaj, now at Real Sociedad, says he expects Hazard to thrive in Spain.

Januzaj on Hazard

“Maybe people here in Spain do not know Eden well enough, but they will,” he said in an interview with La Liga. “For me he is one of the best footballers in the world. I have no doubt.”

‘Silva is incredible’

Januzaj now calls David Silva a team-mate, with the Manchester City star moving to Real Sociedad this summer after a decade in England.

Silva has featured in 16 games for the club in all competitions as Real Sociedad sit fifth in La Liga.

“He is a player with a lot of technique,” Januzaj said. “He is incredible for all that he has achieved in his career. How he thinks about the field, he is different from the rest.

“I play a bit like him. I see passes that others don’t see. In the end, if you play with footballers who understand football like you, your understanding will also improve.”

Comparing England, Germany and Spain

Januzaj’s career has taken him all over Europe, having truly risen to prominence with Manchester United during his four-year spell with the club.

After scoring five goals in 63 appearances during his time at Old Trafford, he moved to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland for loan spells.

In 2017, he joined Real Sociedad on a permanent deal, and has now made over 100 appearances for the Spanish club. 

“In England football is more physical,” he said. “La Liga, as everyone knows, is much more technical. You have to play in smaller spaces with your head because other footballers are also very intelligent.

“In the Bundesliga, if you play for Dortmund or Bayern, you will always have the ball and ‘kill’ your rivals. In Spain, it is more balanced, more even. Every game is difficult because all the teams play and score.

“For me, it is the most difficult league, in my experience. Also the Premier League, but if you are in a team that plays football very well, you can have many chances. It is also good to play there.”

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