Eden Hazard’s brother Kylian has attempted to end speculation surrounding the Belgian’s future by declaring that he is committed to Chelsea Football Club.
The forward struggled for form last season and was blamed by some sections of the Chelsea fans for the team’s under-whelming league campaign. Hazard and his teammate Diego Costa found themselves targeted by some supporters when the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, decided to sack José Mourinho for the second time.
It was Hazard who went down injured in the then defending Premier League champion’s first game of the season against Swansea City, causing the club doctor, Eva Carneiro, to run on to the pitch and treat him. Mourinho was furious with her and demoted her and the physio Jon Fearn from first-team duties. Hazard went on to struggle to hit the heights he’d achieved the previous season when he was named Chelsea’s player of the year.
He did seem to find a degree of form towards the end of the season, particularly at Anfield when Chelsea played Liverpool in the Reds’ final home game of the campaign. He caused all sorts of problems for Jürgen Klopp’s men, causing some Chelsea fans to believe he was playing for a move to one of Europe’s biggest sides.
The player himself denied that he was hoping to get a move to Paris Saint-Germain before he joined up with the Belgian squad ahead of the 2016 European Championships in France. He seemed to carry his end of season form into the tournament, though he couldn’t help Belgium avoid defeat to Wales in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Now his brother has re-iterated his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge and work under the new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Speaking to Goal Kylian Hazard said, “He will stay at Chelsea, he is happy at Chelsea,” Kylian told Goal. “He loves London. It is good for him there and he says the facilities are great. It is one of the biggest teams in the world. He will be special again for them next year”.
Kylian Hazard also thinks that his brother will be able to strike up a good attacking relationship with Chelsea’s new signing, Michy Batshuayi. Batshuayi was also part of Belgium’s squad at the Euros and becomes the third well-known Belgian to sign for the West London club, joining Hazard and Thibaut Courtois in Conte’s squad.
Batshuayi signed for Chelsea from Marseille for £32.2 million and Kylian Hazard said, “Chelsea is a great team for Belgians at the minute. You see it with another Belgian arriving in Michy Batshuayi as well as Thibaut Courtois. Batshuayi will do really well at Chelsea and he can help Diego Costa, including times like last season when he was injured, and score goals. He will work with Eden well just as they did for Belgium. They know each other now and we have talked about Michy’s move. We think he will be really good”.