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Eden Hazard has told Sky Sports that he hopes Chelsea will get to next season’s Champions League Final.

But, in the same interview, he also admitted that he has no desires to be Chelsea captain.

Despite winning both the Premier League and the Capital One Cup, Chelsea’s performances on the European stage were not up to the mark that many around Europe had anticipated. The Blues crashed out to Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16.

Tonight, Chelsea will watch Barcelona, who knocked out PSG in the quarter finals, take on Juventus. But Hazard is already thinking about the next season.

“This season it was not for Chelsea, but I hope next season we will be in the final.

“It’s always good to see the final, but it’s better if you play in it.”

Hazard in now on international duty with Belgium. Due to Vincent Kompany’s injury, he will be handed the captain’s armband.

During an interview he was also asked about the possibilty of being the future captain at Stamford Bridge.

“Yes, but in my club it’s one guy, called John Terry.

“If I can one day, no problem, but it’s not my objective. My objective is to play and win trophies. For me it will be the same, captain or not. I try to give my best and play my best football.

“I try to be the best all the time and show everybody how good I am.”

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Eden Hazard has won the ESPN FC top 50 Players in the Premier League rank. The vote was attented by various columnists, editors and analysts. Chelsea’s ace won the vote decisively.

It seems that the star of Eden Hazard has flared for good. The Belgium player can add to his long list of prestigious titles and awards also the title of the Top Player in the Premier League. This season will be definately worth remembering for the young player. The Premier League Championship, PFA Player of the Year Award and now being called the Top Player in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard was chosen the best player in the Premier League due to his incredible statistics :

–  99 chances created this season

– 294 one-on-one situations ( 58 times more then the others)

– 113 fouls commited on him ( 19 more then any other player)

– 14 goals

– 9 assists

– second Chelsea player after John Terry and a first Belgian in the history who won PFA Player of the Year Award

The experts have no doubts about Hazard’s talent :

Consider all of Chelsea’s big games. Hazard has scored winners against both Arsenal and Manchester United, winning the penalty he converted in the first, and set up goals in both matches against Manchester City. To crown it all, he ensured Chelsea’s own crowning moment by hitting the winner against Crystal Palace that clinched the title. It also comes out of a situation where Hazard has grown into the team’s main creative force, in which everything they do up front revolves around him and his movement. The Premier League trophy has come back to Chelsea because of him.
Miguel Delaney

Without him, Chelsea would not have won the Premier League this season. He was the decisive touch, the technical leader, the offensive boss and José Mourinho, his teammates and the whole club relied heavily on him to guide them to the top. And he did. He had to wait for his third season to be crowned King of England, but his 14 league goals, eight league assists, pace on the ball, skills and touch have made him unstoppable at times. At 24, we haven’t even seen the best of him yet.
Julien Laurens

In that respect, while not on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo, there are parallels in their development over their first few years in English football, and watching the progression has been delightful to observe.
Michael Cox

It was still his piece of magic that won the penalty from which he eventually scored. When it mattered, he delivered yet again.” — Phil Lythell

“Much like the title race, too, Hazard was the decisive player, and it was fitting that he followed his crowning as PFA player of the year with the moment that crowned Chelsea as champions.” — Miguel Delaney

“Chelsea fans sing about midfield dynamo Cesc Fabregas wearing a magic hat, but Hazard seems to have magic in his boots. Simply speaking, the kid is a pure unadulterated football genius.” — Mark Worrall

“Consistency can be considered in a number of ways. It’s worth remembering, for example, that Hazard has started each of Chelsea’s league games this season — an achievement in itself. That makes him the only ever-present Premier League attacker; never injured, never suspended, never rested and certainly never dropped. He’s rarely substituted, either. He hasn’t been withdrawn before the 90th minute since October.” — Michael Cox

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Eden Hazard has recently spoken with the L’Equipe magazine where he expressed his strong will to win Ballon d’Or one day. But according to his words the superhuman skills of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi can thwart his efforts.

Eden Hazard expressed his ambition to win one of the most wanted trophy among the footballers. He confirmed that as soon as he joined senior’s Lille team he thought only about winning the prestigious award.

“It’s always been my dream. When I arrived at Lille’s training camp, I told my mentor – Jean-Michel Vandamme – that I’d win the Ballon d’Or one day,”

“When I was little, that was all I ever thought about. The more I progress as a player, the more I tell myself that it’s possible.

However he seems to be aware that the Ronaldo’s and Messi supremacy might not be over soon.

“Unfortunately, there are two football aliens playing at the moment and it will be very tough to beat them. But that’s what I’m working for.”

The 24-year-old Belgian received PFA Player of the Year award this season. But it seems that, the more you have the more you want.

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Chelsea players enjoying the parade © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea’s recent record in the transfer market has been brilliant; consistently improving the side whilst making a profit, the return of Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2013 appearing to usher a new era of clarity and long term planning.

The Premiership victory last season was largely the result of the transfer dealings of the previous 18 months, and the next campaign could be defined by who Chelsea sign when the transfer market opens on July 1st. It is an opportunity to cement Chelsea’ dominance from last season, and with their main rivals needing extensive work in order to challenge to take the Blues’ title, Chelsea could dominate the league for next two or three years if they buy wisely.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of players, but all appear to be in the same positions. It is widely expected that Filipe Luis will be replaced with another left-back so as to not leave the team wholly dependent upon a right-footer, although a very good one, in Cesar Azpilicueta on that side of the defence, and that Didier Drogba’s departure, following last year’s surprise return, will result in another striker coming in.

Those two positions are of paramount importance, in particular the latter. Chelsea won the league last year because of their superb form at the beginning of the season and the goals of Diego Costa. They cannot afford another season where they rely upon the Spain international’s goals, his perennial hamstring trouble flared up again towards the end of least season and if Chelsea are to retain their title, let alone challenge for the Champions League, they will need another attacking outlet. Loic Remy, though a good enough centre-forward for the Premiership, will not score the necessary goals should Costa struggle with injury again. Therefore, another striker is needed, and it appears that Radamel Falcao has been singled out as a short term solution. The Colombian had a poor season at Manchester United, but his previous good form for Atletico Madrid appears to be enough for Mourinho to take a gamble. A one year loan deal is apparently imminent.

Saying that Chelsea have also been heavily linked with Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, though the buy-out clause of £43 million may appear too much with the restraints of FFP. Whether either or both transfer is dependent upon the other is yet to be seen, should Chelsea secure the deal for Falcao that might be considered sufficient without such an outlay on Griezmann.

With a bit of thought the Falcao deal appears perfect for Chelsea’s long term aims. it would give cover to Costa but not get in the way of promising talent such as Dominic Solanke, who the manager wants to try and bed in to the team from next season. Therefore, Chelsea’s transfer dealings should not focus entirely upon who they can buy at the expense of their opponents, but rather which players can provide the short term support that neither puts too much pressure on the abundance of talent about to progress from the academy, nor get in its way.

A deal for Koke, an undoubtedly fine player, should not be considered as the club already has talent in his central midfield position and has enough coming through, most notable Ruben Loftus-Cheek who made his debut at home to Liverpool last season. Should Gareth Bale become available, as has been suggested since Real Madrid’s season came to an abrupt end in the Champions League, then a deal should be given thought, however unlikely. Bale is the sort of player Chelsea did miss last season during Eden Hazard’s rare off performances, but again it is the academy players that should be considered above all else as they are ones that could secure Chelsea’s domestic dominance for some years to come.

There is work to do in the squad, but not a great deal. Chelsea have shown remarkable discipline in both youth development and transfer dealings int he past three of four years, and the objective of any business over the next two months should be to maintain both.


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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to L’Equipe before the friendly match France v Belgium, Chelsea star Eden Hazard discussed about his relationship with Blues boss José Mourinho and also about the goals in his career.

But first of all he praised the Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, that recently lauded hi and claimed he’s one of the three best players in the world.

Hazard returned the compliment by saying the 22-year-old will be a great player in future.

“It’s because he couldn’t take the ball off me and had to foul me a lot. (laughs) Seriously though, I’m happy to hear that. Marco is still young (22yo). He’s going to become a great, great player at his position. We’ve faced PSG two years in a row, I’ve seen his progress.”

Going on in the interview, that’s what Eden said about is growth as a player and his relationship with his managers. Here’s a little part of it:

Q: How did playing in England transform you?

Hazard: Here football is what people think about. Everyone supports a club and in your social life, you’re going to talk about football a lot. Even being as relaxed as in France, you know you must win for the club and to make the fans happy. And then there’s my price tag (40m), which increases the pressure. But I’ve always dealt well with the pressure.

Q: How do you convince a Rudi Garcia, Marc Wilmots or José Mourinho to give you the freedom to express your own football vision (on the pitch)?

Hazard: It’s a daily work. You work as hard as you can, you perform well… and a relationship of trust is built. I must say though that at Cheslea sometimes the manager isn’t happy. He doesn’t show it, but he tells me if needed. We trust each other and that shows on the pitch.

Q: But Mourinho shows it sometimes… do you remember what happened after the Champions League semis vs Atlético Madrid last year?

Hazard: He did indeed express himself in the media (“Hazard isn’t willing to sacrifice himself 100% for the team). I didn’t take it the wrong way. It allowed me to progress as a player. I had the impression that I had played a good match. I was maybe a bit at fault for two of the goals we conceded but aside from that I did well. I forgot all about it quickly.

Finally, the dream of every football player, the Ballon d’Or:

Q: What do you need to do to become a credible Ballon d’Or candidate?

Hazard: It’s always been my dream. When I arrived at Lille’s training camp, I told my mentor – Jean-Michel Vandamme – that I’d win the Ballon d’Or one day. When I was little, that was all I ever thought about. The more I progress as a player, the more I tell myself that it’s possible. Unfortunately, there are two football aliens playing at the moment and it will be very tough to beat them. But that’s what I’m working for.

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Speaking to Chelsea website one of the Blues best talents, Dominic Solanke, analysed the season that just ended, focusing on the Youth teams triumphs.

To define the campaign, he started like this:

“It’s been brilliant,”

“Last season was good for me with winning the Youth Cup and the European Championships with England Under-17s, but this season has been even better.

“The Youth League was a competition we all wanted to win, it’s only been running two years so to win it in its second year was very good for us.

“It’s amazing to have been crowned the best Under-19 team in Europe. We got to sample a lot of different places and cultures in the tournament, and to come out on top shows the level we’re at.

“I’ll never forget making my first-team debut. It was an amazing opportunity for me to go out and play in front of all of those supporters. I can only learn from that type of experience. I was the youngest ever player to do it for the club as well so I was really pleased.”

Solanke impressed this season scoring 41 goals across all competitions, including in the FA Youth Cup final.

Tammy Abraham is another very striker in Chelsea Academy and has also been extremely prolific in the last campaign: Solanke admits their healthy rivalry brings the best out of both players.

“I got around 20 goals last season and everybody was telling me I’d have to do the same, but I managed get double it so it’s been a really good season for me. Everyone in football is competitive and the fact myself and Tammy are both scoring helps push us both on”

Solanke travelled with the first team in the post-season tour in Thailand and Australia: he also managed to score the winner against Thailand-All Stars in Bangkok:

“When the season finished I was told I’d be going on the trip and it was a chance for me to impress”

“I managed to score against the Thailand All-Stars and it was the winning goal, so that was good for me”

“It was the best time to impress because there weren’t so many of the first-team players there and we all managed to get some game time. When those opportunities come along you have to take them.”

Solanke had the chance to play with footballers like Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Eden Hazard and he was impressed by their really welcoming behavior towards the youngsters:

“Having people you know here helps you because you feel more comfortable and you can speak to them whenever you need to, but all the first-team players have been really helpful”

“They’ve done brilliantly this year and the experience was an enjoyable one for all of us”.

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Marc Wilmots, the manager of the Belgian national team, has announced that Eden Hazard is set to captain Belgium in their next two matches.

Hazard had been promoted to the vice-captain, but due to Vincent Kompany’s injury he will be handed the captain`s armband for the friendly against France on June 7th and Wales on June 12th in what is considered a crucial European qualifier.

But despite Kompany’s injury, Wilmots had no hesitation in giving the Chelsea playmaker the captaincy.

“Eden himself has changed enormously. It’s a choice. He already knew I was not going to wait until the game against France to tell you [about his promotion to Belgium’s vice-captaincy].”

Hazard has made 56 appearances for the national team, which has now been ranked second in the world in the FIFA rankings. He has scored seven goals.


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PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard admitted that he do not always get along with his coach Jose Mourinho, but any kind of misunderstandings are quickly solved and forgotten. The results of cooperation between those two seems to confirm Hazard’s words.

Chelsea come back on the Premier’s League throne after five years of absence. Mainly thanks to phenomenal Belgium midfielder. During the season Hazard played in 38 matches in which he scored 8 goals and had 9 assists. However the most impressive statistics of this 24-year-old player are 1909 completed passes with with 87% accuracy and 59% of shot accuracy.

The Belgium midfielder participate also in 13 Champions League matches. The defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the 1/8 was a suprising failure.

That is why it seems that next season targets for Chelsea will be not only consecutive supremacy in Premier League but also higher then 1/8 level of Champions League competition.

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Hazard with his new friend: the koala

Eden Hazard seems to enjoy Chelsea post-season celebration tour and, particularly, Australia.

The Belgian player was all smiles with José Mourinho and John Terry during the pre-match event with Sidney FC in the Australian city, then he posted a bunch of pictures on his Instagram account where he shows he is relishing his staying there.

The first one in an oriental restaurant with Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Petr Cech, Jamal Blackman and goalkeepers’ coach Cristophe Lollichon.

Then a selfie with one of Australia’s symbol, a koala, stating he found a new friend.

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