Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has revealed that leaving the club at the end of last season was never a part of his plans and that he is enjoying life under Antonio Conte.
Eden Hazard was being linked with moves to Real Madrid and PSG towards the end of last season. But according to him, leaving Chelsea wasn’t an option, especially after a poor season.
Hazard had an atrocious season last year and the Belgian believes that most of it was down to his injury problems. The Chelsea star was struggling to produce his best performances because of a lingering hip injury.
The world class winger is back to his best this season and recently picked up his award for the Premier League player of the month. Hazard has claimed that if he ever leaves Chelsea, it will be on a high. The Belgian wants to win a league title before deciding to join another club.
Speaking to Guardian, he said:
Back in March I’d spoken [to Conte] about the difficult season I’d had up to then, and what he expected of me in the year to come. I’d not scored many goals, but he saw me as a goalscorer. He spoke to me about his preferred systems, the 3-4-3 or even with two up front. His passion and enthusiasm for the job were obvious. I made clear I had no intention of leaving after such a poor year. I didn’t want to go out like that. If I ever leave, it’ll be after winning a championship. You need to go out on a high so that people remember you for the right reasons.
The Belgian has also hailed Conte’s approach and revealed his admiration for the Italian’s passion for the game.
He kicks every ball, heads every ball. If he could, he’d be out there with us, our 12th man on the pitch. You can see he was a player. It’s only now and again, when he’s screaming at you to do this or that, demanding you concentrate or work even harder, you find yourself thinking: ‘Hold on a second, we’re 4-0 up with five minutes to play. Easy now, boss. Calm down …’ But that’s the way he is. That’s his personality. That’s how he works. He expects a lot of us, he’s demanding, and he never stops wanting more from his players. But when you’re in his side winning matches every week, it’s obvious his methods work.