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Hazard 100% fit, 99% staying at Chelsea, 98% relishing chance to play against Mourinho

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Okay, so I made that last percentage up.  We all know 65% of statistics are made up.  This is a scientifically accurate statement 93.5% of the time.  Magnets!

And miracles?

Here's Eden Hazard speaking to the media in a press conference for the Belgian national team.

"If I tell you I'm staying at Chelsea with 100 percent certainty, this is not the case. For now, I'm 100 percent sure I'll compete at the Euros. After, I will think of Chelsea. But I want to finish well at the club. So like Thibaut (Courtois), I will be at Chelsea 99 percent next season."

"We all know my season. I will not repeat, it was bad. But now it's over and I'm focussing for the Euro. The last game where I gave everything was against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. After that I was injured. And this is where the season has just ended for Chelsea. So I took my time to get back to fitness. I will attack the challenge of the European Championship in full possession of my faculties."

-Eden Hazard; source: Reuters

So if I'm reading this correctly, Hazard would want to leave only on a high note.  So that's not happening this summer.  Sorry, Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid and PSG.  Another, less cynical way to look at it would be that he wants to repay the fans' support and make up for this bad season.

"For sure it will be very complicated for me to leave like that, after such a bad season. I want to end well in Chelsea..."

-Eden Hazard; source: FourFourTwo

He's also looking forward to testing his mettle against Mourinho.

"He is a fantastic manager. I wish him good luck. I would really want to play against his team."

-Eden Hazard; source: Reuters

And before then, he's looking forward to testing his mettle against Antonio Conte.

"We spoke together a little. We just said we'll shake hands at the end of the [Belgium v Italy] game; it's as simple as that."

-Eden Hazard; source: FourFourTwo

Belgium take on Switzerland later today in a warm-up game.  They are also scheduled for friendlies against Norway and Finland before their first match at Euro 2016, against Conte's Italy.  Captain Hazard knows his country, Chelsea fans, and the world are expecting great things.

"Two years ago, everyone expected a lot from me, maybe I didn't meet those expectations. People will be waiting for Belgium and waiting for me (to deliver) but we'll give our utmost."

-Eden Hazard; source: Sky


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