Hazard eyes more Chelsea success
Chelsea's player of the season and reported Real Madrid target Eden Hazard has dropped his strongest hint yet that he intends to remain with the London club.
The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent weeks but has handed the Blues board a massive boost ahead of the upcoming season, claiming that he sees himself playing a part of the club's title defence.
Hazard, who came under fire at the end of Chelsea's disastrous 2015/16 campaign for a lack of consistency in his performances, spoke with Chelsea Magazine about his future at the club.
“Hopefully next year it is the same, we win the league and then I win Player of the Year," he said, referring to the accolade bestowed on him by the club for the role he played in the club's turnaround in fortunes.
“Obviously winning the league is what we want most and the award is just a bonus," he added.
“We started this season well and we won the league, but next year we have to work as hard as we have this season. We have to be ready every year at the same level to stay at the top.
“I’ve been here for five years now and I’m so happy. I’m at one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m very happy to play for such a big club like this.
“After five years I know everything about the club. Even if I’m still only 26, I have a lot of experience now.
“I started playing at 16 in France so I’ve been professional for 10 years. In terms of games and experience, I’m one of the oldest ones.
“I like this club because it’s like a family. I have a lot of friends and we all talk to each other,” the talented playmaker added.
Whether or not Hazard will be fit for the start of the 2017/18 season remains to be seen, with his severely injured ankle ligaments likely to hamper his pre-season preparations.
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