Eden Hazard issued an apology on Thursday after photos surfaced of him laughing following Real Madrid’s Champions League exit at the hands of his former club Chelsea. After Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, which condemned Madrid to a 3-1 aggregate defeat, images of Belgium forward Hazard cheerfully talking with his old teammates were broadcast.
“I am so sorry,” he said on Instagram.
“I have read lots of opinions about me today and it was not my intention to offend the Real Madrid fans.
“It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win.”
On Sunday, Madrid, who are two points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with four games left in the season, hosts Sevilla, a team with slender title hopes of their own.
“The season isn’t over yet, and we must now fight for La Liga as a team,” Hazard said.
Hazard joined the 13-time European champions for a club-record fee of 115 million euros ($138 million) in 2019 but has only played 40 games due to fitness issues.