In an interview with Chelsea TV (h/t Metro's Lee Thomas-Mason), the Belgian winger said he's “happy” at Stamford Bridge, despite his rocky form in the 2015-16 campaign:
The future is always the same and that is to win trophies, next season, in two and three years.
You want to win the games, to win trophies. [To do that] you have to be ready because all the teams want to beat Chelsea.
We are ready for that. We have good players in the team and I hope we can win more trophies.
I am always happy here. Even if I play badly, I’m happy. I know this is football but I try to keep a smile on my face every time.
Last year's PFA Player of the Year has failed to replicate his form in the 2015-16 season and has failed to score a single goal in the Premier League all season long. The Blues struggled collectively at the start of the season.
Under interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea have recovered and currently find themselves in a battle for a ticket for European football next season. Hazard's form has improved as well, although he's still the butt of jokes on social media. BreatheSport joined in on the fun:
Pretty sure Hazard was aiming for the goal in front of him...https://t.co/GqYBP0WAaI— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) March 4, 2016
The 25-year-old is still one of Chelsea's most important players, and arguably their best talent when he's on form. The Blues are expected to fight tooth and nail to keep him in west London during the upcoming transfer window.
Fighting off the likes of PSG and Real won't be easy, however, and Los Blancos in particular continue to be linked with the Belgian. Marca recently claimed the Spanish giants would love to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu as a replacement for Isco and James Rodriguez, something Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws didn't find shocking:
Real manager Zinedine Zidane has previously expressed his admiration for Hazard, and there's every reason to believe the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner will try to move for the former Lille star next summer, per MailOnline's Ben Grounds.
Hazard seems open to a prolonged stay with his current club, however, which gives the Blues leverage in negotiations. Unless PSG or Real are willing to pay top dollar for a player who hasn't lived up to his lofty standards all season long, Hazard seems likely to stay with the Blues for now.
Chelsea Reportedly Scout Paul Pogba
Italian daily Corriere dello Sport (h/t Independent's Tom Sheen) claimed the Blues watched Juventus star Paul Pogba during Juventus' Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Inter Milan, a 3-0 loss that saw the Bianconeri advance to the final after a penalty shootout.
The 22-year-old hardly needs an introduction. Rated at £70 million, per Sheen, Pogba is one of the best young midfielders in the world, playing a big part in Juventus' run to the UEFA Champions League final last season.
Here's a look at some of his highlights:
Blessed with remarkable physical traits, technique and a killer shot from long range, Pogba is already a complete player, despite his young age. He can struggle for consistency, but that's to be expected from a youngster tasked with carrying a midfield unit on his back at times.
Per Corriere dello Sport (h/t Daily Mirror), former Juventus manager Antonio Conte is widely expected to replace Hiddink as Chelsea manager next season, and given his personal history with Pogba, rumours linking the Frenchman with Chelsea will only increase.
ESPN FC's David Amoyal doesn't expect the Italian to have any effect on Pogba's decision to leave the Bianconeri, however:
@chelseaboyspeak I don't see Conte having any significant impact on Pogba's future— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) February 25, 2016
Transfer rumours regarding Pogba have been swirling for a while, but Juventus have a fantastic reputation for keeping hold of their top talent and only selling if the buying club is willing to pay well above a player's worth.
Pogba might leave Juventus this summer, but his departure is far from a certainty. And when he does leave, he's more likely to move to a top club expected to win immediately, like Barcelona or Real Madrid, instead of Chelsea, who face a rebuild under their next manager and likely won't be playing in the Champions League next season.