Ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard explains decision to retire after ‘complicated’ Real Madrid period
'I didn't want to go play somewhere for the money.'
The 32-year-old called time on his playing career earlier this month after his £400,000-a-week contract with Madrid was terminated in the summer.
Hazard had received offers from Major League Soccer and the Saudi Pro League but the former Chelsea winger admits he no longer enjoyed playing football.
When asked why he decided to end his playing career, Hazard, who starred in a charity match in France this week, said: ‘In life, you can’t explain everything. I am at peace with myself. I am happy.
‘I’m not going to say [the decision was] difficult but it wasn’t easy.
‘I had been thinking about it for a while so it helped. I have so many things to do outside of football that I was able to make a calm choice.’
Asked when he decided to retire, Hazard said: ‘I had already thought about it when I retired with the national team.
‘I was coming out of a complicated period with Real. I had always said that I would stop as soon as I no longer had fun on the pitch.
‘I didn’t want to go play somewhere for the money. It was the best solution. I no longer enjoyed training, and I no longer played. The decision was simple.’
Hazard also denied suggestions that he had opportunities to play in the Belgian top flight with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.
‘There was nothing,’ Hazard said.
‘I’ve heard a lot of nonsense but it’s part of the transfer window. It was cool to see my name associated with quite a few clubs. Especially in Belgium.
‘I never had the chance to play for a Belgian club. It could have been a great story but it didn’t happen.’
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