Tuesday 20 March 2018

Eden Hazard wants to leave Chelsea as 'a boss' but rules out move to PSG this summer

Belgium's Eden Hazard
Belgium's Eden Hazard

Simon Rice

Eden Hazard has ruled out leaving Chelsea this summer, insisting that suitors Paris Saint Germain "are not part of my plans".

The 2014/15 player of the season endured a dreadful campaign in which he only managed to score one Premier League goal. His alarming dip in form stirred speculation that he was destined to leave Stamford Bridge.

PSG and Real Madrid are the two clubs that have been most persistently linked with the 25-year-old former Lille player.

However the the Belgium international says he does not want to leave Chelsea on such a sour note.

“PSG are not part of my plans,” Hazard told TeleFoot in the build-up to Euro 2016. “I have a contract until 2020, I feel good here and I don’t want to finish on a season like that. I left Lille [in 2012] as a boss and I’d like to leave Chelsea as a boss, if I do leave one day. But for the time being I’m here.”

Addressing his awful season, in which his first Premier League goal did not come until Chelsea's memorable home win over Tottenham which saw Leicester secure the title, Hazard explained: “Everything was complicated, it was difficult. Honestly, for five or six years I’d always been at my best and this was the first season where it was more difficult but everyone knows that in a career there are highs and lows.

“For the time being, touch wood, I’ve only experienced the highs – except for this season, when it wasn’t quite as good. But it was meant to happen this season. I hope it doesn’t happen again next season.”

Hazard will play a key role in Belgium's Euro 2016 campaign with their first game of the tournament on Monday against Italy.

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