Eden Hazard has said he’s happy as a Chelsea player and confirmed he will not leave the club this month despite speculation linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian himself seemed to imply he was keen on a move in the immediate aftermath of his country’s World Cup participation, saying “After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different,” said the forward. “I can decide if I want to stay or go.”
That comment appeared to be the precursor to a transfer to Real Madrid, who are searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and can sign players up until 31 August, when the LaLiga transfer window closes. But speaking after Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, Hazard insisted he is not going anywhere for the time being at least.
“Everybody knows what I have said after the World Cup. But I’m happy here,” the 27-year-old told RMC Sport. “A lot has been said. A lot of stupidity too. But at the moment I’m happy. I have two years left on my contract and we’ll see what happens. Leaving this year? I won’t go. The transfer market in England is closed. Clubs can still sell players, but not sign new ones anymore. It would be a bit strange that they would sell me now while they can’t sign a replacement.”
“I’m good where I am now,” added Hazard. “Let’s see what happens in one or two years.”