Eden Hazard says leaving Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain never crossed his mind
Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard told French TV that there was never any chance of him moving to Paris Saint-Germain. The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Paris before signing a five-and-half-year contract extension with Chelsea last week.
The Belgian, who joined Chelsea from Lille for a fee of £32 million three years back, shot down any suggestions of him being interested in a move back to the Ligue 1.
Hazard said, “Personally, there has never been anything with PSG. I knew from the start I wanted to stay. I don't want to move, I'm good here.”
The winger is set to travel to Paris on Tuesday for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain. The two teams met in last season’s quarterfinals, with Chelsea advancing on away goals thanks to Hazard's spot-kick at the Parc des Princes.
“Last year wasn't a miracle," he insisted. "If you look at the first leg, we didn't deserve to lose 3-1. It was a little fortunate because we scored late on, but we didn't rob anyone. This year, it'll be a different encounter. We're on a good run, we have strengthened our squad. Paris are having a few more problems, but they have a lot of great players. They'll be ready.”
“I think it's 50/50. For the football world, we're perhaps favourites, but you never know what will happen.”
Chelsea no longer over dependent on Hazard
Hazard expressed his delight at Chelsea’s new acquisitions this summer and thinks Chelsea are no longer dependent on him alone. The Belgian notched up 14 goals in 32 games for the club last season as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League.
When asked if Chelsea are still dependent on him for delivering the goods, Hazard said, “I don't think so. We have other quality players. Fabregas came in and he did us a lot of good. Diego arrived, and he has scored a lot of goals for us. Last year, I was not alone, that would be a lack of respect to the others, but I was counted on more. Now, I'm not alone on the pitch. But when I play, Chelsea generally play well too.”
“In France, other than in my last season, people always criticised me for not being decisive enough. Little-by-little, I'm starting to take that on. I'm decisive more often, especially in big matches. I'm continuing my progress. I have just turned 24 and I think I have already done quite a few good things in football. Now, I, of course want to score more goals and provide more assists.”