Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE | Eden Hazard has been injured for the majority of the season for Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE
Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE
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Eden Hazard has targeted Real Madrid’s crunch Champions League showdown with Manchester City as his comeback game. The Belgian star, who has made only 13 appearances for Real since his £150 million switch from Chelsea in the summer, has been sidelined with a hairline fracture of his ankle, which is expected to keep him out for another three weeks.

The Belgian captain could be fit for the Madrid derby with Atletico on February 1, but Hazard has told friends that his more realistic aim is to be fully ready for Real’s last 16 Champions League first leg clash with Pep Guardiola and City at the Bernabeu on February 26.

Hazard suffered the injury against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League in November, and both he and Real are treating his return with caution so as to prevent a recurrence of the problem.

Hazard has scored just once in those 13 games and made four assists since moving to Madrid, and has had to repel rumours that he arrived for pre-season training overweight.

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Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

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But his form had been picking up just before the injury, and Hazard has revealed that he enjoys working under coach Zinedine Zidane at Real much more than he did at Chelsea under Italian managers Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

"In training, we are always using the ball, there's movement and mini-matches," Hazard said.

"When you meet Italian coaches like I did (Conte and Sarri) you are less happy.

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"They are more rigid and repetitive.

"You find pleasure in victory (playing the way Real Madrid do). I spent three years with Italian coaches so to rediscover this pleasure again makes me happy."

Hazard has also revealed Real tried to sign him back in 2016.

"I didn't talk much with him (before joining the club)," he said.

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE

Eden Hazard targeting Man City showdown for Real Madrid comeback after injury - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)
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"The first time was during the 2016 European Championship in France . He called me and said: 'It would be good if you came.'

"When Zidane calls you, it's serious!"

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