Friday 15 December 2017

Chelsea delight as Hazard signs new deal

Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.
Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.

Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in June 2012 and has since made a total of 147 appearances for the club, scoring 43 goals.

He has found the target 13 times in 36 appearances so far this season, helping Chelsea take a seven-point lead at the top of the table, while also helping them to reach the League Cup final and the last 16 of the Champions League.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised Hazard in May last year, claiming "he is not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for the team".

The 24-year-old has clearly earned the trust of his manager since then, having started every one of Chelsea's league matches in the current campaign.

"I am very happy that Eden has signed a new contract," Mourinho said.

"It shows he believes in the club's coaching staff and players to help him become the best player in the world."

Meanwhile, Branislav Ivanovic has escaped punishment for an alleged headbutt on James McCarthy, but Chelsea and Everton have both been charged for failing to control their players in the melee that followed after Ivanovic and McCarthy clashed during Wednesday's match at Stamford Bridge.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez claimed Ivanovic should have been sent off for grabbing McCarthy around the neck and then moving his head towards him.

Referee Jonathan Moss did not see the alleged headbutt and an independent panel of three former referees decided there was not enough evidence to charge Ivanovic.

The FA could not find any footage to support another claim that Ivanovic may have tried to bite McCarthy and Everton also confirmed there had been no complaint of any such incident from their player.

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