Eden Hazard steps up training after angering Real Madrid by returning from summer break overweight
EDEN HAZARD has been knuckling down in the gym after returning to training overweight.
Furious Real Madrid chiefs predicted the 29-year-old would need "two to three weeks" to get match fit.
But Hazard has stepped up his training regime in a desperate bid to drop a few pounds.
The ex-Chelsea star worked out in the gym with his team-mates at Valdebebas.
He worked up a sweat alongside Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquezand Mariano Diaz.
The rest of Real Madrid's worked on tactics on the pitches outside.
It is the second time that Hazard has returned to pre-season training out of shape.
This is the second year running that the Madrid forward has arrived to pre-season training overweight.
Last year, he admitted he piled on the bounds while on "vacation".
He told L'Equipe: "It's true. I'm not going to hide it, but when I'm on vacation, I'm on vacation.
"I had put on five kilos. I'm the type to put on quickly and lose so quickly if I'm careful.
"When I was 18 in Lille, I was 72 or 73kg. Muscle mass was 75kg, on a bad day, 77kg.
"I was 80kg this summer, I lost it in 10 days."
Hazard jetted off for international duty with Belgium earlier this month.
But Roberto Martinez did not play him as he "wasn't fit enough".
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