A couple week ago, Eden Hazard’s father, Thierry Hazard caused a minor stir with comments given to Belgium’s Le Soir newspaper. In his attempt to “feed the soap opera”, the Hazard paterfamilias claimed that Eden was refusing to sign a new Chelsea contract because he’s hoping for an offer from Real Madrid instead.
Even though we knew that Thierry Hazard has essentially nothing to do with Eden’s professional career these days — outside of a possible bit of fatherly advice for the self-represented Chelsea star — the comments were hard to ignore. Not that long ago, when he talked about Hazard “thinking only of Chelsea” in the middle of the season that shall not be mentioned, we drew strength from comments by Thierry, after all.
The day after those comments to Le Soir, Chelsea and Conte moved swiftly to head off any further sensationalism, assuring that Hazard can’t have rejected any offer as negotiations had not yet gotten to the point where an extension offer would be tabled. In the days following, Hazard made plenty of noise about his willingness to sign a contract (but only after Thibaut Courtois signs, too!), including an impromptu interview following the NBA in London game where he all but confirmed that it’s only a matter of time before he signs on the dotted line.
Hazard’s latest missive is slightly less positive than that, and more along the lines of the classic Courtois “you never know in football”, but he also reveals that he’s had a bit of a heart-to-heart with dear old dad about media comments.
“My dad says some bad things. [Is he in trouble?] Yeah. I talked with him, no worries.
”I’m focused with Chelsea. I’ve got two years contract left and I’m happy here. Like I said 10 times before, I want to finish this season and then we’ll see. But I’m happy here.”
-Eden Hazard; source: Evening Standard
If you concentrate on “then we’ll see”, this is your cue to freak out (assuming you care if Hazard stays or goes).
If you concentrate on the rest of Hazard’s quote, this is your cue to clamor for progress on the extension (assuming you care if Hazard stays or goes).
So, get it done!