Former Chelsea ace Eden Hazard is already at the centre of Real Madrid’s notorious internal politics.

Sport says the Belgian reported for duty on the club’s pre-season tour of North America over a stone overweight.

It has caused friction at the club and president Florentino Perez, who hailed Hazard as the player to solve all of Real Madrid’s problems during his unveiling, has distanced himself from playing a part in his acquisition.

Instead, it is reported, sources have said Perez now has no confidence in Hazard and signed him only at the request of coach Zinedine Zidane.

Hazard was criticised for his quiet performance in their 7-3 defeat by city rivals Atletico last week.


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