Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has revealed that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for the long term.
As reported by the London Evening Standard, Hazard, who enjoyed a remarkable campaign as the Blues secured the Premier League title this term, has insisted that there'd no need to 'change' clubs anytime soon.
The Belgian international, of course, secured the league's Player of the Year award after producing a number of wonderful performances in west London. And it now appears that he may well star for the club for many years to come, as Jose Mourinho and Co. go in search of long term dominance in England's elite division.
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Long term plan
Hazard has, however, admitted that it's not entirely up to him as to whether he will remain a Chelsea player for many years, but he's more than happy to stay as the club continue to succeed.
When asked whether he expects to stay on at the Bridge for a number of years, he responded by saying: “Why change? If you’re happy and things are going really well at one place, there is no need to change.
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“Obviously, these things don’t just depend on me but whenever you’re enjoying your football and having the chance to win trophies, it would be silly to change.”
Protection for Hazard
Hazard has also insisted that, despite being in need of greater protection, he enjoys the battle against his opponents, claiming that he has no problem with taking the hits.
He continued by saying: “Maybe I need more of that [protection] but it is the special thing about English football, it’s what makes it different.
“Over here people like a scrap, like a battle. I will just keep playing the way I do. I will try and entertain the fans, create assists, score goals and concentrate on that regardless. I can still take the hits, it’s not a problem for me. I accept the blows. I can take the punches like a boxer.”
In truth, the most exciting thing for Chelsea fans is that there's an outstanding chance that Hazard will be even better in the 2015/16 campaign. After acting as the club's talisman in this title-winning season, the Blues faithful will no doubt be expecting him to deliver the goods once again next term, and he certainly has the ability to do just that.
At the end of the day, despite scoring as many as 14 league goals last time out, there is room for an improvement for the former Lille man, especially if he's going to prove his credentials in comparison to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are comfortably the world's best players.
Hazard, though, will continue to create and score goals in west London for some time, and that should worry Chelsea's rivals.
Chelsea fans: Do you expect Hazard to stay on at your club for years to come? Have your say in the comments section below!