For the better part of the season, Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from the Stamford Bridge following is poor form. Real Madrid and Paris St. Germain remained in the circle showing great interest to sign the midfielder, who was reportedly determined to leave the club in the summer after a disastrous campaign.
However, the players hanging future happened to change last week after incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte requested Hazard to stay at the club because he was a key part of his plans at Chelsea next season. And to confirm his firmness to retain that Belgian, Conte told the management not to cash in on the Belgian.
Conte, who has spoken to several Chelsea players during his brief visit to the club’s training ground after the confirmation of his appointment a fortnight ago, also wants to keep goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa, who have also been linked with moves come summer.
And according to our sources, Hazard has informed incoming manager Antonio Conte that he hopes to remain at Stamford Bridge this summer and recapture his best form.
The Belgian accepts he has been out of form this season but has told Conte he is set to focus on recuperating his best form over the summer, more willingly than pursuing a move to Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.
Although it earlier been reported that the Italian manager was willing to bring in Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan as a potential replacement for Hazard, Conte has reportedly moved to defend the claims.
Hazard currently has four years left on his contract, and Chelsea are confident that Hazard can return to his best and are willing to give him a chance to do so if he wishes to remain at the club.
Besides, the report also emphasizes that Conte will look to revamp the squad in the summer and will also be hoping to get the kind of form out of Hazard that saw him win the Player of the Year award last season as Chelsea secured the Premier League title fairly comfortably.
The Blues interim boss Guus Hiddink also revealed that his season has been distressing for last year’s PFA Player of the Year. “Last year everything was beautiful and this year everything is, for him, dark. The contrast is huge,” said Hiddink. He was the number one and now he’s at the end of a long row of players. That’s difficult. What do you do?”
Hazard has also had his fair share of injury problems of late, with groin and hip problems said to have kept him out of the side, as the club has struggled to climb above their current 10th place in the Premier League and will finish the season without silverware.