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Hazard says he is not a Galactico yet, and Modric won’t give up his number

Published : 14 Jun 2019 07:20 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 08:15 PM

Newly signed Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has stressed that he is not a “Galactico” yet – but hopes to help the club back to their glory days, compiles Goal.

Hazard has played down assumptions that he considers himself a member of the elite group of players who bear the moniker, such as Ballon d’Or holder Luka Modric, but professed a desire in his first press conference at the club to scale such heights.

“I'm not a "Galactico", not yet, [though] I hope to be one day,” the Belgian stated. “I'm Eden Hazard and everything I've done is in the past [does not count].

“Here I start from scratch. I don't consider myself a "Galactico", but a very good player.

“It's true Real Madrid [has] won a lot of titles and [that] the last year hasn't been so good. That happens in football.

“I hope to start a new cycle with the players who have won so much, that's what I'm here for.”

Hazard  also says he is not worried about shirt number or penalty kick responsibilities at Real Madrid, but rather fitting in with his new team-mates now that he's finally with the club.

Case in point is the discussion of what shirt number he will choose, with Luka Modric currently holding onto the No. 10, a number Hazard says he will willingly give up.

"I've talked to Modric through Kovacic. I jokingly asked him if he could leave me No.10, he said no, I have to find another number," Hazard said on Thursday. "For me the number is not important, but to play with this shirt, with this badge."