Eden Hazard has revealed that he hopes to reach the same level as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the future.
Much fanfare greeted the signing of the Belgian play-maker to Chelsea last summer for a reported £32 million from French club Lille as he had the chance to chose from a number of top European clubs.
It was a hectic first season for Hazard as he made 62 appearances in all competitions, impressing with 13 goals and an even more impressive 20 assists as he helped his side to win the Europa League.
Now, under new boss Jose Mourinho, the 22-year-old continues to play a big part at Stamford Bridge and has eight goals and six assists already this campaign.
Hazard's start has convinced him he can go on to be the best; “I hope to become one of the best as that’s what people want to see, like Cristiano Ronaldo, like Messi, scoring goals.
“But that’s not what I am [at the moment]. I am who I am, with my strengths and weaknesses. It’s up to me to work on the weaknesses I have to improve further.
“I still have a lot of work to do – but when I’m enjoying it on the pitch, that’s when I’m good.”
The strict Mourinho expects his creative players to do a little more defensive work than before, something which has meant Juan Mata has struggled for a starting berth.
The Portuguese manager's tough stance is not concerning Hazard though; “That’s normal because that’s his job and if we’re bad, he says so.”
“Sometimes we’re a bit scared of him - but he’s a very sincere manager and is very clear about what he wants.
“It’s not exactly that we’re scared of him.
“It’s just that he’s very clear about what he says and sometimes that can be a little bit shocking.
“But we’re all professional footballers and we’re used to criticism, so it’s up to us to make him happy.”
Chelsea, in fourth, face third-placed Arsenal in an intriguing battle on Monday at The Emirates Stadium. A Blues win will most likely see them go second while the Gunners will go top with all three points.
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