Despite widespread rumours of a potential move to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard has appeared to have dropped a huge hint that he will choose to stay with Chelsea, ruling out a summer switch to the Spanish and European champions.
After a strong season under Antonio Conte, coming off the back of a disappointing campaign the previous year, Hazard is rumoured to have impressed the brass at Madrid, according to The Metro, who are reportedly plotting a record-breaking move for the Belgian.
With 16 goals in Chelsea’s Premier League-winning campaign, Hazard played a crucial role to bring the title back to Stamford Bridge for the second time in three years. With his rejuvenation impressing long-time admirer, per Sky Sports, Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, the rumours of an impending move have only increased.
However, in an interview with Chelsea’s official magazine, the winger made clear his intention to stay at Chelsea and win back-to-back Premier League titles, as well as once again win the Footballer of the Year Award.
“Hopefully next year it is the same,” he said. “We win the league and then I win the Player of the Year. Obviously winning the league is what we want most and the award is just a bonus.”
Although being optimistic, the Belgian is set to be recovering from an injury he sustained while on international duty. The 26-year-old damaged ankle ligaments and will be in recovery for the next three months, likely ruling him out of Chelsea’s opening fixtures of the season, including matches against Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City.
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Continuing in the same vein, to reinforce that he wishes to stay in West London, Hazard said: “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.”