Eden Hazard had quite the week at the beginning of May.
Last Wednesday for the very first time since leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, the Belgium international returned to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie.
And whilst Hazard wasn’t able to light up the Bridge and inspire his side to victory during his 89 minutes on the pitch, what he did after the final whistle did cause quite a stir back in Spain.
As expected, after losing such a big game, the majority of the Real Madrid squad cut unhappy and dejected figures before heading back to the dressing room.
But Hazard didn’t appear to be too upset as the BT Sport cameras captured him sharing a joke and smiling with Blues centre-back Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Thus prompting one particular presenter from a Spanish media outlet to launch a furious rant at the 30-year-old by suggesting that the former Chelsea star should be put up for sale.
Hazard has since addressed what happened against his former club and issued an apology to Real Madrid fans with a message on his Instagram stories 24 hours after the event.
“I am sorry. I have read lots of opinions about me today and it was not my intention to offend the 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.”
In football, actions often speak louder than words and Hazard certainly let his football do the talking in his first appearance after the Chelsea post-match incident.
Climbing off the bench with just over 10 minutes remaining to score a rather fortuitous injury-time equaliser for Real Madrid to rescue a point against Sevilla on Sunday night was the perfect response.
Hazard’s goal, his fourth of the season across all competitions, ensured Los Blancos’ La Liga title hopes remain alive as they trail Atletico Madrid by two points with three games to play.
With that said, his time in Spain could be over shortly if reports are to be believed.
According to Spanish outlet ABC, Real Madrid would accept an offer of around €50million (£43.4million) to sell Hazard this summer and many Chelsea fans will be excited by the prospect of him returning to west London.
Whether talk of a return actually materialises into one remains to be seen, but the forward still has three years to run on his contract with the La Liga giants.