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Hazard ready to fight for place

Hazard will battle for a start (©GettyImages)
Hazard will battle for a start (©GettyImages).

Eden Hazard does not think he warrants an automatic start at Chelsea and admitted he needs to work hard to fight for his place in the Blues starting XI.

 

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, paid £32million pounds to secure Hazard’s transfer from French side Lille this summer and the 21-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge with a burgeoning reputation.

 

However, the Belgium international is aware his reputation will not be enough to become a regular under manager Roberto di Matteo, but was confident he would be able to make the most of his move to London.

 

“I am completely aware that I am going to have to fight for my place, I can't take anything for granted,” he told the club’s magazine.

 

“However, ultimately, I think this is a club where I can have a lot of success and win trophies.”

 

The talented playmaker also revealed Chelsea’s Champions league triumph against Bayern Munich was a factor in his decision to move to Stamford Bridge, claiming he felt unfulfilled with the experience he had of the competition with his former club.

 

“I was fortunate enough to get a taste of the Champions League last year, although things didn’t turn out as well as they might have done because I thought Lille could have gone further in the competition,” he added.

 

“But, now, I find myself here, playing for a club that has not only appeared in the Champions League every year in recent times, but is also the current holder of the trophy.”

 

Hazard’s transfer was drawn out for much of last season and he was heavily linked with a move to either Manchestr City or Manchester United before announcing he would join the Blues shortly after their Champions League win.

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