Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has opened the door to an eventual return to Ligue 1 in the form of former club Lille, by insisting that anything can happen in football.
The Belgian sensation has been nothing short of breathtaking since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2012 and is now one of Jose Mourinho’s most important players.
Recent rumours have seen him linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid but he recently pledged his future to west London in the form of a lucrative new five-year deal.
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Indeed Hazard’s decision to put pen to paper when he had such illustrious suitors was a statement of intent. He’s now confirmed that he wants to remain with the Blues for as long as possible, but did infer a return to France might one day be on the cards.
Comments from the man himself
"For now, I am at Chelsea,” he said to the Lille official website.
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“I want to stay as long as possible to win the most possible trophies.
“After that, we’ll see. In football, you never know. If I were to return to France, as I have always said, it will be in Lille. We’ll see. Maybe one day I will come back.”
It makes sense that Hazard would eventually like to hang up his boots at the club where he made his name. Many professionals, no matter their status, feel affiliation towards the sides that gave them their first big break in the sport, and when the time comes that Hazard is no longer able to play frequently for Chelsea - for fitness reasons or otherwise - Lille could make for a good alternative.
Of course Chelsea fans, who have become accustomed to seeing Hazard tear apart opposition defenders on a regular basis, will hope that by the time he comes to the end of his career he’ll be ready to take his place in Blues folklore and perhaps even call time on playing whilst at Stamford Bridge rather than heading elsewhere.
It’s certainly a scenario that could play out given how well he has been received by the fans so far. Along with John Terry he’s competing for the title of most-loved player at Chelsea, and if Mourinho’s men lift the title this term - which they look destined to do - his stock will rise even more.
That’s assuming though that he isn’t enticed to either Spain or France whilst still in his pomp. The aforementioned superpowers of Real and PSG are sure to be lurking if they get but the slightest hint that Hazard could be prised from his current club, with the former having infamous pulling power when it comes to top stars.
Chelsea fans, do you think Hazard will leave Stamford Bridge before he hangs up his boots? Is it fitting that he returns to Lille to finish his career? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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