Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane said Eden Hazard is looking forward to playing against his former club Chelsea ahead of Tuesday’s Champions league semi-final clash.

Zinedine Zidane has named the Belgium international in Real Madrid’s 22-man squad for the first-leg match.

It remains unclear whether Hazard will be fit enough to start, having just returned after a 41-day injury absence on Saturday.

However, according to Varane, the 30-year-old is eager to play against his former club.

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“He’s really motivated, I’ve spoken to him,” the centre-back said in his pre-match press conference on Monday about Hazard’s reaction.

“Every player is excited to play in a semi-final and if you’re playing against your former club, it’s even more of a motivation.

“He knows the club and the team very well.

“We know Eden’s quality, he’s keen to show it on the pitch and to help the team.”

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Of course, Hazard is not the only one who will play against his former club.

Thibaut Courtois was also part f the title-winning Chelsea squad under Jose Mourinho in 2014/15 and Antonio Conte in 2016/17.

Unfortunately, Mateo Kovacic, who spent four years at Real Madrid, has been ruled out of the first leg due to a hamstring injury.

Tuchel is hopeful that the midfielder could return for this weekend’s derby against Fulham, though, so he might be available for the second leg.

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