Chelsea star Eden Hazard has suggested he is not planning to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season despite speculation linking him with a big-money move to the likes of Real Madrid or Paris Saint Germain. The Belgium international says that he is "happy" at West London and determined to help the Blues win more trophies in the next three seasons.
The 25-year-old star committed his long-term future to Chelsea in February last year by putting pen to paper on a new deal until 2020 which, according to Standard Sport, is worth £200,000-a-week. However, his future at the club has been under scrutiny in recent months after a struggling campaign in which he was even dropped by former manager Jose Mourinho in his final weeks at the club.
The Daily Mail reported earlier in January that he had therefore decided to leave the club in the summer, in order to get Champions League football at PSG or Real Madrid. Hazard did little to defuse the speculation in the preview of the last 16 first leg tie with the Ligue 1 giants, saying it would be hard to turn down a move to a club which can win the Champions League, such as the Parisians.
But Hazard has now suggested that he is instead planning to stay at the West London for, at least, the remaining of his contract.
"The future is always the same and that is to win trophies, next season, in two and three years," he told Chelsea TV as reported by Standard Sport. "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. We are ready for that.
"We have good players in the team and I hope we can win more trophies. 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."
The Belgium international, meanwhile, has claimed that he is also happy with his return to full fitness. His stats are still far from the 19 goals and 12 assists he achieved last season but, having provided three assists and scoring one goal in his last three appearances, it looks like he is ready to replicate his best form in the last crucial part of the campaign.
"I am happy with my form, I just need to score a couple of goals," he said. "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]."