Premier League Champions Chelsea were handed a boost going into the next season after star playmaker Eden Hazard opened up about his future at the club.
The PFA player of the year last year was simply unplayable last season under Jose Mourinho as Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy but the Belgian lost his shape and charisma this season and has had a torrid time in front of goal.
This has coincided with the slump Chelsea fell to at the start of the season seeing Hazard linked with a move away from the club recently.
Chelsea supporters were angered in the build-up to last month’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain when Hazard courted interest from the Ligue 1 leaders and Real Madrid in an interview with Le Parisien.
He said that it would be hard for him to turn down an offer from PSG just a day before the game at Parc des Princes earlier this season.
However, the 25-year old as shown signs of improvement under interim manager Guus Hiddink after recovering from a groin injury.
Hazard is in a contract with the London franchise till 2020 but the lack of Champions League football next season at Chelsea and the present form of the player at the club have constantly linked him with a move away this summer.
But the Belgian in a recent interview was adamant that his focus is only on his present club Chelsea at the moment.
“The future is always the same and that is to win trophies, next season, in two and three years,” he told ChelseaTV.
“You want to win the games, to win trophies. [To do that] you have to be ready because all the teams want to beat Chelsea.
Chelsea who are still alive in the FA Cup will want to give their all as it is the only chance of silverware this season and Hazard spoke about the need of trophies at the club.
“We are ready for that. We have good players in the team and I hope we can win more trophies,” he added.
He also explained that even with his lack of form, he is comfortable with the team and that he wants to get more chances to get back the confidence and prove himself.
“I am always happy here. Even if I play badly, I’m happy. I know this is football but I try to keep a smile on my face every time.
“I am happy with my form — I just need to score a couple of goals. I want the ball, I want to create something. Mentally I am here and it’s good to be back [to fitness after groin and hip problems].”
This summer, however, will be important for Hazard and the club as there is every chance that big clubs like Real Madrid and PSG can come calling and Chelsea might find it hard to keep hold of the player for longer.