Zinedine Zidane believes former Chelsea star Eden Hazard “needed a club like Real Madrid” to take his game to the next level.
Hazard, 28 is set to make his Madrid debut in an International Champions Cup clash against Bayern Munich in Houston.
The Belgium international signed a five-year deal with the La Liga club in June after Chelsea agreed to his transfer wish.
Hazard’s heart was set on moving to the Spanish capital and his new head coach commended the 28-year-old on taking the leap.
“He’s a decisive player,” Zidane said. “He scores goals and makes a difference.
“He’s shown that throughout his career and now we have him. We will take advantage of his qualities.
“I’m very happy with him. Eden needed a club like Real Madrid to improve. This club has something special and we all know it.
“When I arrived at Real Madrid, I was 29 and I still had a lot left. I spent five years here as a player and improved things. Eden’s situation is the same.
“We know the type of player he is and that he can give us a lot.”