Eden Hazard might just have given a hint he is set to remain at Chelsea and reject the advances of Real Madrid after revealing he is determined to establish himself as a Chelsea legend like John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
Following Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri criticised the players for the performance against Leicester and they produced the reaction he was looking for at Vicarage Road with a 2-1 victory over Watford.
Hazard became the 10th Chelsea player to score 100 goals for the club after showing composure to round Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster and score following a nice pass from Mateo Kovacic.
His 101 goal for Chelsea came from the penalty spot after Watford goalkeeper Foster brought down the Belgian in the box.
Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in the Premier League this season (10 goals, nine assists); the most of any player in the competition and he is proving he’s the best in the Premier League.
Despite Chelsea’s unconvincing recent form, Hazard has now claimed five assists and three goals in his last six league matches.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the win against Watford, Hazard said: “(The 101 goals) mean a lot especially because we won today.
“One-hundred-and-one goals with this amazing club is something I will never forget!
“Now I think me, the fans and players want more. I want to score more goals for the club and want to be a legend like (Frank) Lampard, (Didier) Drogba and try to be my best.
“I can even play at centre back. My target is to score goals and to try and win the game, as a winger or a striker. I missed a couple of chances today, especially in the first half, but I scored two so it’s important to keep focus.
“We showed great character against Man City after defeat by Wolves, and today we did the same thing after a defeat to Leicester.
“When we fight together we are a top team.”
A breakdown of the goals scored by Hazard shows the Belgian has scored 79 times in the Premier League, 10 in Europe and 12 in domestic cup competitions.
Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Brom are Hazard’s favourite opponents as the Belgian has scored seven goals against each of those sides.
Hazard’s first goal for the club came at Stamford Bridge on August 25, 2012, against Newcastle United.
With his goal scoring rate this season, Hazard is expected to climb to ninth in Chelsea’s all-time scoring charts. George Hilsdon is ninth in the all-time scoring charts with 108 and Hazard will climb above him when he scores eight more goals.
With Sarri now deploying Hazard as a false nine, we expect the goals to keep coming from Hazard. He has scored three in his last four games as a false nine.
Hazard has made a total of 322 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Lille in 2012 and with his comment after the Watford victory, Chelsea fans would be hoping he extends his Chelsea contract beyond 2020.