MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has admitted to letting himself go while on holiday and piling on the pounds after signing for the Spanish giants in the close season last year.
The Belgium international, who after years of flirtation finally signed for Real from Chelsea for a joint-club record 100 million euros ($111.3 million) in June, raised eyebrows when he reported for pre-season training packing some extra weight.
"It's true, I cannot lie, if I'm on holiday, then I'm on holiday," Hazard told Belgian magazine Sport/Foot.
"I put on five kilos in the summer. I'm one of those people who puts on weight very quickly then loses it very quickly.
"When I was at Lille I weighed 72 kilos but then I gained muscle and went to 75 kilos. On a bad day I can weigh 77. In the summer I went up to 80 kilos but I lost it again 10 days later."
Perhaps set back by his extra weight, Hazard, 28, made a slow start to his Real career and did not score his first goal until a 4-2 win over Granada in October.
He began to hit form soon after but he has been out of action since injuring his ankle in a 2-2 draw with Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Nov. 26.
(Writing by Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge)