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Eden Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012 as an exciting 21-year-old with lots of prospects, and now the Belgian has developed into being one of the best players in the world at the moment.

The 27-year-old has won two Premier League titles and has also been crowned PFA Player of the Year in his six-year stay at the club, and he has indeed come a long way – little wonder he’s the delight of every Chelsea fan.

Hazard turns 28 in January, and he has revealed that he has come a long way at the club and acts more maturely than his younger days.

He told the official Chelsea website (laughing): “I came as a kid. Now I’m a big man!”

“Football is my job, but I enjoyed it 20 years ago, I enjoyed it 10 years ago and I enjoy it now. In that respect I haven’t changed a lot.

“I prepare for games exactly the same as I did when I was younger. But now the difference is that I am getting older and I need to take more care of my body. I work a bit in the gym with the physio. Five years ago I just enjoyed training and then I went home.

“Now I take my time. Recovery sessions are important for me now. That’s the big change, but after that I’m the same guy, with the same happiness on the pitch.”

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