Eden Hazard believes he is starting to rediscover his best form. Lille's Belgian starlet set up both goals in a 2-1 win at home to Monaco that sent his side top of the table on Sunday.
The 19-year-old winger has been voted Ligue 1's young player of the season for the last two years in succession, but he struggled for form earlier in the campaign and started three games in a row on the bench in early October. Hazard was back to his scintillating best on Sunday, however, setting up Pierre Alain-Frau's opener with a cute flick and then teeing up Ludovic Obraniak for Lille's winning goal 12 minutes from time.
"Of course, I want to play every match," he told reporters after the match. "It's true, the coach (Rudi Garcia) makes the decisions. I was perhaps playing less well and he gave me a breather. I thank him for it because it was perhaps what had to be done. I've bounced back."
Hazard's form over the past two years has seem him linked to some of Europe's most glamorous clubs, with Real Madrid reported to be among his admirers. He has always said that he will learn more by playing regularly for Lille than sitting on the bench for one of the continent's mega clubs, however, and insists he gives no regard to outside influences.
"I don't pay attention to the critics," he said. "All players have high periods and low periods. You have to stay positive. I've improved myself. But I still need to perfect things."