Real Madrid attacker Eden Hazard admits regret over laughing with Chelsea players after their Champions League elimination.

Having been eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of his former club, Hazard caused a stir by joking with ex-teammates after the game.

"That was wrong," Hazard admitted in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad.

"What [Edouard] Mendy and [Kurt] Zouma said wasn't even funny, but I played with Zouma and I know Mendy. It's always fun to see your friends again.

"I know that I damaged Real Madrid's image. Everyone assumed that I wasn't hurting, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I was very disappointed. If there was any game that I wanted to win then it was against my old club at Stamford Bridge."

The No.7 faced a backlash in Spain, particularly from some parts of the media, but he insists that his teammates were largely supportive of him.

"I got a few calls," Hazard said when asked if his teammates had anything to say to him afterwards.

"But, honestly, it's a very nice group and that's one of the reasons I want to stay. There's a good atmosphere.

"When I first walked into the dressing room at Real Madrid I was impressed. There are stars, but guys like Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are just normal people."

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