Last May, Eden Hazard declared himself 99 per cent committed to Chelsea and prognosticated that if he were to ever leave the club, he would make sure to do it on a high note. Said in the context of a most disappointing season, Hazard reassured that he wouldn’t leave the fans with such a sour-tasting season finale. He repeated that sentiment in November even as our fortunes started to turn for the better.
“I made clear [when I first met Conte in March that] I had no intention of leaving after such a poor year. I didn’t want to go out like that. If I ever leave, it’ll be after winning a championship. You need to go out on a high so that people remember you for the right reasons.”
-Eden Hazard, Nov 2016; source: Guardian
Well, don’t look now, but Chelsea are getting closer and closer to winning a championship. So, goodbye Hazard then, right?
At least according to Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, who writes that Hazard has “no plans” to leave and reciprocate Real Madrid’s continuing interest, while Chelsea have “no interest” in selling anyway.
Most of this was or should’ve been obvious, but it bears repeating. Hurray!