Eden Hazard has dismissed the idea that he cannot become the dominant force in Real Madrid that he has been for his country.
Hazard, who is part of the Belgian squad at Euro 2020, was injured in his first two seasons at Madrid and is currently returning to great shape from muscle strain.
“I broke my ankle three times, it will never be like 10 years ago,” said Eden Hazard.
“But I know when I’m in good shape I can prove myself on the pitch and that’s what I’m working on now.
“I try to be a leader on the pitch no matter who I play for, but you can only become a leader if you play well and I play a lot more with the national team.
“I think if I have playing time with Real Madrid, I can also become a leader there.”
The former Chelsea playmaker, 30, has come off the bench in Belgium’s two matches in the tournament so far and is hoping for a longer duration in their last Group B game against Finland in St. Petersburg Monday.
“I don’t think I’m 100% yet,” added Hazard. “I think I’m ready to start a game, but it’s always been in the pipeline since the start of the tournament, it was always to have that incremental approach.
“I will play a little more each time until I hit the 100% mark. We’ll see how long I can play tomorrow.
“That was the plan, to take me gradually and make sure I’m completely in good shape in the knockout stage.”
The Red Devils have already advanced to the round of 16 after beating Russia 3-0 and Denmark 2-1 in their first two group matches.