With Eden Hazard looking to rediscover his best form after a spell on the sidelines, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has seemingly blamed Real Madrid for the Belgium star's below-par performances this season.
Hazard has endured an injury-ravaged debut campaign with Los Blancos following his €100 million (R1.6 billion) move from Chelsea, and has come in for criticism for some of his performances on the pitch.
In a discussion with Spanish YouTuber DjMaRiiO, as translated and reported by the Daily Mail, City boss Guardiola, who famously managed Real's rivals FC Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, suggested that something at the Madrid club must be causing the 29-year-old's poor form.
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"If he's not playing well, something's going on at Madrid because he is really good," Guardiola said.
"(He is) not a top player, another level above. What we saw in England, he is world-class.
"But the whole world knows that you need a period of adaptation."
Hazard has scored once in 13 appearances for Zinedine Zidane's side so far this season, and is expected to make his return to action in the coming weeks after recovering from a thigh injury.
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