Thibaut Courtois’ father blasts ‘unprofessional’ Eden Hazard for laughing and smiling with former Chelsea team-mates… and claims ‘those images are painful for Real Madrid fans’ just minutes after they were dumped out of the Champions League
- Thibaut Courtios’ dad blasts Madrid’s Eden Hazard for being ‘unprofessional’
- The former Chelsea star was all smiles after their Champions League exit
- Fans took to social media to vent their frustration with the £90million signing
Thibaut Courtios’ father blasted Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard for being ‘unprofessional’ after he was pictured laughing and smiling after their Champions League semi-final exit against Chelsea.
Hazard – who returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his huge £90million transfer to Spain in 2019 – was seen smiling and laughing with his former colleagues Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy at full-time.
His reaction after the 2-0 loss – which saw Thomas Tuchel’s side book their place in the Istanbul final with a 3-1 aggregate victory – saw fans vent their frustration and also led to the Madrid keeper’s father brandishing him as ‘unprofessional’.
Thibaut Courtios’ father blasted Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard for being ‘unprofessional’
The Belgian was full of smiles following Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final exit
Immediately after the final whistle Hazard was seen laughing with ex team-mate Kurt Zouma
‘Its really not smart for Eden to do that,’ Thierry Courtios told HLN Sportcast.
‘He probably didn’t think twice about it, but those images are painful for Real Madrid fans.
‘If you see a player laughing two minutes after being eliminated, I’d say it was unprofessional.’
The Madrid forward also shared an intimate moment with Azpilicueta, and appeared to wish him well for the final in Turkey against Premier League rivals Manchester City.
One fan wrote: ‘Eden Hazard just got knocked out of the Champions League and this is his reaction after the game’.
While another added: ‘Eden Hazard could genuinely not care less about Real Madrid.’
Spanish daily Marca quickly republished the images of Hazard at full-time online, along with the condemning headline: ‘The image of Hazard laughing after the elimination that outrages madridismo.’
Real Madrid fans were not only disappointed by his actions off the pitch, but his performance on the pitch as well.
Having been fit for just 755 minutes of Champions League football this season, fans were hoping the return of the talisman to the squad would be inspired and help their side reach yet another European final.
However, he failed to make his mark on the game and was hooked late on by boss Zidane in what turned out to be a miserable night for the Spanish giants.
Chelsea put in a solid performance in the second leg to quickly swat away any suggestion of a Madrid turnaround.
Goals from Timo Werner and boyhood fan Mason Mount were enough to put the contest out of sight, after Christian Pulisic’s strike in the first leg gave the Blues a decisive away advantage – cancelling out Karim Benzema’s sublime effort.
Hazard issued an apology for laughing with his former Chelsea team-mates on Wednesday
He took to Instagram to say it was never his ‘intention to offend the Real Madrid fans’
Hazard has since taken to Instagram to issue an apology, saying it wasn’t his ‘intention to offend Real Madrid fans’ and that it is a ‘dream’ to play for the club.
Hazard took to his Instagram story to say: ‘I am sorry. I have read a lot of opinions about me today and it wasn’t my intention to offend Real Madrid fans.
‘It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win.
‘The season is not over and together we must now battle for La Liga. Hala Madrid!’
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