The former Chelsea teammate rates the Belgian winger highly to succeed at Madrid.

Fernando Torres believes that new Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard is going to flourish at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he insists that the club will provide the Belgian with the platform he needs to reach the highest level. He holds that the forward is destined to become an even better player at his new club.

Madrid bought Hazard from Chelsea in a deal around €100m and along with him, they also signed, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo as manager Zinedine Zidane looks to turn around the fortunes of the club.

“(Madrid) have got the brand where every player in the world wants to play there, and when they call the players see it as a club where you can make history,” Torres, who last week announced his retirement, told AS.

“Hazard is a spectacular footballer, who needs the boost from a club like Real Madrid to reach the level he can reach, which he did at Chelsea in a fleeting manner. It remains to be seen if he’s able to push himself to want to be better. His ability and the conditions are perfect.”

“Sometimes it seemed he struggled to want to be better when I saw him training, it was clear he could be at the level of the best. Now, he’s got the stage on which to do it. It’ll depend more on his mentality than his football.”

Just recently, Madrid sold Marcos Llorente to Atletico Madrid in a reported €35m deal and he comes as a replacement for Manchester City bound Rodri. On him Torres said, “Atleti is bigger now than thinking about which team the players come from. What’s more important is where they are leaving to go,” said the World Cup winner.

“There will come a time when players will see Atleti as their final destination, where they want to win, to stay, to be part of the history and be remembered forever.”

“It is a step that will be taken soon. No matter where you come from or the name, it matters that you are committed to Atleti.”