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Eden Hazard admits he cannot sign for PSG

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Eden Hazard has admitted he cannot sign for PSG simply because he cannot have the No.10 shirt at the Parc des Princes.

The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a move to the French capital this summer with PSG reportedly ready to pay as much as £60m to tempt Chelsea into a sale.

As Chelsea's Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the year, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reluctant to see Hazard depart Stamford Bridge, despite his public criticism of the player last season.

Chelsea are doing all they can to convince Hazard to remain in west London and even announced that the 23-year-old will be given his favoured No.10 shirt next season.

Hazard confirmed that wearing the No.10 is special to him and that he appreciates Chelsea allowing him to wear it next season.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Hazard said: "Yeah, I've always appreciated [the number]. This is a nod and it's nice. It is my favourite number that I had at Lille, and I selected the number of one of my idols, Zidane."

Citing Zidane as one of his heroes opens the question up as to whether he sees himself emulating the France World Cup winner. Zidane played centrally for the majority of his career while Hazard is predominantly a winger. Hazard insists he has no intention of moving to a central role.

"No, for two to three years, I've suited to play on the left side. With great freedom and ability to run across the front of the attack and in particular to return to the middle."

Finally, Hazard was asked if he knew who the PSG No.10 was. Of course, it is Parc des Prince superstar and egomaniac Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Hazard claimed not to know. All the Chelsea star said was that he knew it was taken and that was reason enough not to sign for them.

Asked if he knew who the current No.10 was, he joked: "I don't know. It is not free, so I cannot go."

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