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Carlo Ancelotti backs Eden Hazard to star for Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti backs Eden Hazard to star for Real Madrid
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New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti backs Eden Hazard to 'fulfil his full potential' at the Bernabeu.

New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has tipped Eden Hazard to 'fulfil his full potential' at the Bernabeu next season following a difficult two years at the club.

The 30-year-old has largely struggled to impress for Los Blancos since arriving from Chelsea in 2019, contributing just five goals and eight assists in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Hazard's future at the Bernabeu has been called into question in recent weeks, with Real Madrid thought to be open to the idea of selling him during this summer's transfer window.

However, the Belgium international recently ruled out a summer move and now Ancelotti has said that the attacker is firmly in his plans for the 2021-22 campaign.

"[Hazard] is a player who has not fulfilled his full potential but is going to fulfil it. It may be his year to exploit it, with confidence," Ancelotti told reporters.

The former Lille youngster was restricted to just 21 appearances in all competitions last season due to a number of injury problems.

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· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (3.15am-6.10am)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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