Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he has no issues with Eden Hazard or Gareth Bale and believes the pair could play a bigger role in the second half of the season. Hazard has been sidelined all season and did not play a single minute in either the semi-final or final of the Spanish Super Cup, which Real Madrid won on Sunday. Bale started the first three games of the season, but he hasn’t played for Madrid since August, after suffering injuries to his knee, calf and back, as well as a bout of covid.
After missing the trip to Saudi Arabia, Bale is available to play against Elche on Thursday in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, when Hazard could also be given minutes.
“It is true that both have had many setbacks due to injuries and problems,” Ancelotti said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“Bale is back now after a long time, Hazard has been doing well for a month and is physically fit.
“I don’t have to give Hazard advice. He has character and experience to decide for himself and by the way, the quality that both of them have can help us a lot.
“He’s only gone the first half of the season. They haven’t had a chance to help the team because of the injuries they’ve had. Hopefully the second half of the season will be better.”
Hazard has been plagued by a series of injuries since he joined from Chelsea for 100 million euros ($113 million) in 2019.
Asked if he had spoken to the 31-year-old about his future, Ancelotti said: “No, at the moment he is still a Real Madrid player. He is training, he is focused on the games, we have nothing else to think about.” about.
“Nothing has happened, there is only competition in the team, and every game I have to choose the best team.”
Thibaut Courtois will miss the trip to Elche on a private matter, but Ancelotti hopes the Belgian will be back when Madrid face the same opposition at home in the league on Sunday.