Belgium international Eden Hazard has revealed Paris Saint-Germain never made an attempt to sign him after confirming he will stay with Chelsea for the 2014-15 season.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure (via Gordon Tynan of The Independent), the 23-year-old said:
I am staying at Chelsea 100 per cent. Of course in football you never know but I am under contract with Chelsea and I want to stay there. And I am in discussions with Chelsea for a new contract.
It is only the beginning of the talks right now so we have time, but the fact that Chelsea have offered me a new deal means they have a lot of confidence in me that I can do a good job and that they can count on me.
However, Hazard also intriguingly added: "PSG never made any suggestions to me personally."
Hazard's words will please Chelsea supporters who feared that their prize asset might have been tempted by a blockbuster move to the French champions.
Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail had previously reported that PSG manager Laurent Blanc had made Hazard his No 1 target for the summer transfer window, stating he "loves" the diminutive attacking midfielder.
Speaking about Hazard, the French coach said, per Ashton and Mokbel: "Why do I love Eden Hazard? Because he is a player who eliminates. We can discuss all of the systems, or a player's individual or collective qualities. But a player who can eliminate three, four players at any time in a game is something else."
Bleacher Report's French football journalist, Jonathan Johnson, passed on a report from Le Parisien that PSG will now turn their attentions elsewhere, having never firmed up their interest with an official offer:
Le Parisien: PSG now considering transfer alternatives to Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Barcelona's Pedro & Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria top list.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) June 11, 2014
Hazard was the star of Jose Mourinho's team last year as the Blues progressed deep into the Champions League competition and only fell in the later stages of the Premier League to Manchester City.
In his 44 games in domestic league and European matches, Hazard hit 16 goals and provided seven assists, per WhoScored.com.
It was essential that Chelsea saw off PSG's interest in Hazard, as the player is now Mourinho's most valuable asset.
As his reputation grows, and because of his age, Hazard will eventually be expected to join one of Europe's prime clubs, but the Stamford Bridge outfit must tie him down for his immediate future.
Hazard is the key component in Chelsea's formation now and, with the exit of Juan Mata, will be expected to be the club's main creative force for next season. If Mourinho can complete the capture of a top-level striker in the mould of Diego Costa, a new and exciting attacking partnership could be formed with the brilliant Belgian.
Chelsea will thrive with Hazard pulling the strings in their team, and the only surprise is that PSG did not push harder to tempt him away.