Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hazard hungry for success at Chelsea

Eden Hazard says he chose to join Chelsea because of the club’s recent success, and the attacker wants to win more trophies.

The English Premier League giants announced on Monday they had agreed terms with the Belgium international and a fee with Ligue 1 club Lille.

Hazard, 21, expressed his delight at joining the European champions, citing his ambition to win further silverware as a reason for his decision.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get started and for the season to start so I can meet my new team-mates, the supporters and all the people who are involved.

“I want to play as many games as possible, score as many goals as possible and win a place in the hearts of the supporters.

“Ultimately, for a player it’s all about winning things. I want to win as many trophies as possible, which is another reason why I came here, as Chelsea have been winning things for a long time now, and I hope to win many more during my time here.”

Hazard had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester rivals United and City and had previously hinted at such a switch.

However, the attacker insisted he had made the right choice, adding that Chelsea’s Champions League success and his links with London changed his mind.

“I watched the Champions League final like everybody else,” Hazard said.

“It puts a bit more pressure on the players who are already here but they’re used to it, and I think I’m pretty good at coping under pressure.

“It’s true that initially there were a number of clubs in for me, but when Chelsea won the Champions League I thought why not?

“It was a complicated decision with lots of different factors involved, but the fact that they have great players and are European champions, also coming to London, I know people here already and there are a few French speakers. I think I have made the right decision.”

Hazard managed 21 goals and 18 assists in 48 games for Lille last campaign, helping them finish third in Ligue 1.

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