Eden Hazard has warned Chelsea to sign players who will let them challenging in the title race if they want him to commit his future to the club.
Hazard has two years left on his present contract and is considering whether to sign a lucrative extension that would keep him at Stamford Bridge for the remaining prime years of his career.
The Belgian star, anyway, is frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League and, as we explained also yesterday, he is also a real target for clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain.
“I want good players because I want to win next season the Premier League. I want to win a lot of things.”
This would be Hazard’s last big contract and the forward has no intention of rushing his decision, despite reports that Chelsea are willing to pay him around £300,000 ( € 430,000 ) per week.
“That’s why I’m taking my time. It’s something big. I need to think of a lot of things. One thing for sure is I’m happy here.
“We can’t be in the Champions League next season so we need to win trophies. That’s it.
“I say many times before I think it is not my last game. It’s the last game of the season, that’s it.
“After the World Cup then we will be ready for the next season.
“But for me, in my mind, I’m here, I have one week to play now. Saturday is a massive game. I just want to win for me and them also.”
Hazard reveals the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had no impact on the squad.
Conte is expected to leave at the end of the season after his relationship with the club’s board was ruined by their failure to back his transfer plans.
“We don’t think about that. We’re just focused on the game,” Hazard claimed.
“We have one game to play and then we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
“I need two more trophies, Champions League and FA Cup. That’s it,” Hazard said about the trophies he is missing in his personal cabinet.
“We’re Chelsea. We need trophies at the end of the season.
“At the moment we have nothing. We have not qualified for the Champions League. So the season has been bad.
“If we can’t be in the Champions League we need the trophy.
“It’s up to us to save the season with the FA Cup. I’ve never won the FA Cup. I hope this year is for me and for Chelsea. We will give everything.”
Chelsea and Hazard will face their former boss José Mourinho this weekend and the Portuguese has been criticised for conservative tactics this season, but Hazard expects United to pose a stern test.
“We know how he will play. We all know that. That’s why we need to be ready,” he concluded.