EDEN HAZARD PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHELSEA FANS

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Despite being linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has paid tribute to Chelsea fans.

Hazard has shone for Chelsea this season despite the struggles on the pitch that have seen the Blues drop out of the top four and fans question Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.

Speaking after filming an advert for Hyundai, Hazard said: “Personally, when I go on to the pitch I play for the fans.

“As players we are lucky to have the Chelsea fans because they travel everywhere and always show great support.”

Eighteen players took part in the filming for the Hyundai advert including Chelsea stars Willian and Olivier Giroud. Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou also took part in the advert.

Meanwhile, 39-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has revealed what it’s like to be a third-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea.

“It is not something I ever envisaged doing when I set out – thinking ‘oh yeah I’d love to be a third-choice keeper’ – but your situation changes as your career goes on,” Green said.

“My involvement hasn’t been as much as I would have liked but it was made clear from the start; if everyone remains fit that is the role I have got,” says Green.

“I can’t really complain when that is exactly how it has panned out.”

He also revealed he didn’t join Chelsea for the money but to rather experience football at the top having previously featured in the top flight for Norwich, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.

“Someone contacted me at the start of the season and said do you want to sign for Chelsea?” Green says. “Not at one point did I say ‘how much?’

“You want to be paid. It is your job. It is like anyone else turning up at an office. It helps feed your family but not at one point was it a motivating factor.

“You look at it and think ‘what excites you’,” he says. “I have learnt a lot this season.

“It is the first time in my career I have not looked at 40 points and thought ‘thankfully we have made that’. To see how the players operate has been a real insight.”

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