MADRID – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said the club will not prevent injured forward Eden Hazard from travelling to the Belgium team's camp next week but urged him not to play in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Hazard, who Madrid signed from Chelsea for a joint-club record fee of 100 million euros ($111.44 million) in June, has yet to play a competitive game for his new side after injuring his thigh the day before the La Liga season started.
He has been named in the Belgium squad for the qualifiers away to San Marino and Scotland but was absent from Madrid's final training session before Sunday's trip to Villarreal, with Zidane reiterating that the forward is not yet fit.
"Legally he can travel with Belgium but at the moment he cannot play," Zidane told a news conference on Saturday.
"He knows that, we do too and I hope he doesn't play, for the good of everyone, including Belgium."