Zinedine Zidane has been left stunned with Eden Hazard’s physique as his Real Madrid stars returned to training.
The Belgian has yet to spark fireworks at Los Blancos since his initial £88million switch from Chelsea almost a year ago.
He arrived at the club having admitted to putting on a stone before losing it all in ten days.
Hazard then battled with an ankle injury that required surgery in March leaving his campaign and Euros in doubt.
But the coronavirus pandemic has meant the 29-year-old hasn’t missed any matches while being given the chance to work on his fitness.
And it appears he has even managed to resist the temptation of indulging in his favourite treat.
While in lockdown, he said to RTBF: “It’s complicated for me. I’m trying not to eat a lot.
“I’m trying not to go into the pantry to eat a lot of buns, but it’s not easy.”
According to AS, Zidane was more than impressed with Hazard’s weight as he turned up to the club’s training centre after lockdown measures were eased.
LaLiga wants players to train for at least a month before resuming with matches, to avoid issues with fitness and injuries.
Even then, games will go ahead behind closed doors – and could be well into 2021.
Hazard’s team-mate Thibaut Courtois claimed how the league postponement has helped his international compatriot get back to full fitness.
He told Belgium TV: “Hazard is doing well. I don’t think Madrid wants to say anything about their current situation, but I think they are training a lot to be able to return to the team.
“For us, this quarantine is a gift to have time to recover players.
“We have to be careful to make it 100 per cent before it returns, which of course we don’t know when it will happen. ”