HAZARD SIGNS UP

Eden Hazard provided a massive boost to Chelsea by signing a new five and a half year contract with the London club. This finally brought an end to rumours that he would move back across the Channel to play for Paris St Germain.

Despite being a Belgian by birth, Hazard has spent a lot of time in French football with the likes of Lille. Even when he was at Lille, there were rumours about the 24-year-old joining a top French club like Paris St Germain or Marseille. However, there were not many clubs that could afford his £ 32 million transfer fee back in 2012.

Now, Hazard is regarded as one of the top players in the world. He has even been spoken a potential FIFA Ballon d’Or award winner in the future. One of the richest club in the world after the takeover from Qatari owners, Paris St Germain have constantly been linked with a move for Hazard.

Last season, Jose Mourinho placed a £ 100 million fee over the player and this seems to have done enough to ward off any interest, though the football betting markets are open to him moving, with PSG the favourites to land him at 3/1. Hazard had been in talks with Chelsea to extend his contract, which still had two more years left to run, and he finally signed this deal a few weeks ago.

“PSG? Personally there was never anything in that. The newspapers talked about it a lot, but I knew from the start that I would stay at Chelsea. I don’t think it was a miracle against them last year. We shouldn’t have lost 3-1 in the first leg, we should have played better some counterattacks. And we made two defensive errors. We were a little bit lucky to score in the last minute. It will be a whole other game this year. We’re on a good run, we’re first in the league and we’ve got reinforcements,” said Hazard.