Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Eden Hazard cannot replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid as he cannot guarantee the team 50-goals a season at the Capital.
The Belgian moved to Santiago Bernabéu from Chelsea in the summer and was labeled a replacement for the Portuguese superstar who quit Madrid for Italian Juventus in last year.
He has not had a smooth start to life in Madrid as was the case with Ronaldo and has scored just one league goal for the Laliga leaders so far this season.
Asked whether he thinks Hazard can replace the five-time world player of the year, Wenger was quick to dismiss the notion stating that the Belgian attacker cannot score 50 goals a season and thus cannot be labeled a Ronaldo replacement.
“He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo that is for sure. He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football. They need another goal scorer in Real Madrid because Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well,” he stated.
Wenger, however, backed the former Chelsea and Lille man to flourish at the club once he is fully-fit and physically ready.
“Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to do in big games. He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be. That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard,” he added.
The winger us currently with the Belgian national team for international assignments.