Chelsea's star midfielder Eden Hazard has seen his name surface in transfer rumours while his team trudge through one of their worst seasons of the Roman Abramovich era.
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Chelsea Want to Keep Hazard
Thursday, March 10
According to Matt Law of the Telegraph, Chelsea are going to reject all bids for Hazard in the summer despite his difficult season.
In 33 games in all competitions this season, Hazard has just four goals and seven assists, which is a drastic drop-off from his 19 goals, 13 assists and PFA Player of the Year honours with Chelsea last season. He hasn't been 100 percent for some time, as he's battled a hip injury that he suffered in December.
While Chelsea have improved as of late—they're unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches—Paris Saint-Germain bounced them from the Champions League in the round of 16 on Wednesday, and they are in 10th place in the Premier League.
Hazard's struggles have frustrated the Chelsea supporters, who booed the Belgian during Wednesday's match.
He didn't receive a ton of support from Chelsea's interim manager, Guus Hiddink, either. "They have the right to boo whatever they think," he said, per Law. "One can always express what they are feeling. But he (Hazard) was having a bit of a problem with his injury on his hip."
Hazard also fell under fire after he swapped shirts with PSG's Antonio Di Maria at half-time. Hiddink tried to justify that after the match, via Sky Sports:
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WATCH: @HazardEden10 booed after half-time @PSG_inside shirt swap. More here: https://t.co/HNxJh5UN6G #SSNHQ https://t.co/KQJ55lqcKZ2016-3-10 07:20:17
PSG, along with Real Madrid, have been linked with Hazard throughout the season, but Chelsea wouldn't be keen on letting him go after signing him to a £200,000-per-week contract in February 2014, per Law.
Law also noted that Antonio Conte, Chelsea's likely manager-in-waiting, is excited to work with Hazard and "return" him to his former level of play.
At 25 years old, Hazard is still one of the most talented young stars in the game and can take over matches on his own, as Chelsea showed:
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Eden Hazard v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge, 2013... #CFC https://t.co/vmtqMlnGd12015-5-9 01:00:24
When he's on his game, his speed and agility on the wings are something to marvel at, as is his ability to stay on the ball.
Hazard's skill makes him an ultimate playmaker, and he should be a cornerstone of the Chelsea attack for years to come. Despite his down year, it's easy to see why Chelsea wouldn't want to sell him.
Stats courtesy of ESPN FC.