Eden Hazard has endured a woeful season for Chelsea, but that doesn’t seem to have dampened his spirits.
The Belgium international unveiled the Blues’ new home kit alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek today and made a cheeky comment that very few expected him to say.
When asked to remove his training jacket by the presenter, Hazard turned to him and said, with a straight face: “Like a striptease?”
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Only until the 25-year-old laughs does it become apparent he’s joking, with the presenter replying: “This is before the watershed, so Eden if you could keep it clean.”
Hazard and Lotfus-Cheek continued to reveal a classic Chelsea number, which now features three stripes down the side of the torso rather than on the sleeve and a v-neck collar.
Watch the unveiling below, with Hazard’s joke coming at 1:20.
Chelsea’s decision to use their Belgian ace as a model for the new kit will likely have been a calculated move to appease fans, who suspect Hazard will leave this summer for one of Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.
In mid-February, the mercurial winger admitted - much to supporters’ anger - that a move to the Parc des Princes would be hard to reject.
According to Sky Sports, Hazard made this revelation mere days before they face Laurent Blanc’s PSG in Paris - an untimely admission, I think you’ll agree.
And he’s struggled for form and game time ever since, often playing second fiddle to the likes of Willian and Pedro or sitting out entirely.
However, recent signs suggest Hazard is rediscovering his touch. The Belgian scored his first Premier League goals of the season against Bournemouth on April 23 and came off the bench to score a wonderful strike at home to Tottenham on Monday.
In finding the net against Spurs at Stamford Bridge, Hazard officially handed the Premier League title to Leicester City and dethroned his side as champions in the process.
Asked for his opinion on the strike, the 25-year-old said: “It is one of my favourites. When you play against Tottenham it’s always good. To score a goal against Spurs is always nice.
“Last season was better. My job is to score some goals. When it is important it’s even better."
Where his future lies remains to be seen, but interim manager Guus Hiddink believes the winger will stay next season.
He said, per the Guardian: “What I know he is very happy with everything in Chelsea and around Chelsea.
“He is very important and if he is fit, he will be very important again next season.”