Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has reportedly informed the club that he wants to stay beyond this season despite speculation suggesting otherwise.
Having played a fundamental role in the club’s Premier League title success last season, it has been a bitterly disappointing campaign for the Belgian international this time round.
That in turn led to suggestions that the two parties could split this summer, but according to The Daily Mail, Hazard is ‘100 per cent prepared to stay’ next season with Antonio Conte arriving after Euro 2016.
As noted in the report, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were said to be interested in signing the former Lille star, who even admitted in February that a move to the French capital would be difficult to turn down.
Nevertheless, he has completed a u-turn and insisted that he wants to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, with Conte likely to give him an opportunity to do so as he will look ahead to his first season coaching outside of Italy hoping to be able to rely on key figures already at the club.
With Hazard featuring heavily in the club’s promotion of their new kit this week, it is another indication that the 25-year-old will still be in west London next season.
While that should be a welcome boost for Chelsea supporters, Hazard knows that he has to deliver on the pitch consistently next season in order to put this year firmly behind him.