Eden Hazard is ready to make his Real Madrid debut this weekend but Zinedine Zidane intends to take extreme caution with his fit-again star signing.
Belgium international Hazard has been cleared to make his first La Liga appearance against Levante on Saturday, three months after arriving from Chelsea in a deal that reportedly could eventually cost Madrid €140 million.
An ill-timed thigh injury on the eve of the new season delayed the 28-year-old’s competitive bow, which appears likely to come from the bench at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“We have to go little by little with him,” Zidane said. “He’s been injured for three weeks. He’s back training this week.
“We all want to see him play. We’ve got seven games in 21 days. We have to go carefully with him.
“We know what the situation is – he’s ready and that’s the most important thing.
“I’ll be the one in charge of giving him minutes here and there and not trying to push him too much, trying to get the best out of him.
“We’ve got a lot of matches coming up, not just this one tomorrow, and we need to use our heads with Eden Hazard. So let’s be calm. We’re all ready and so is he.”