Chelsea star Eden Hazard has made the third highest amount of appearances in Belgium’s history since making his debut at the age of 17 and he isn’t willing to hang up his boots just yet.
Hazard earned his 100th cap for Belgium in Sunday’s game against Cyprus but insisted before the game that he’s got plenty more left in the tank.
Hazard has hinted he plans to carry on playing until he’s 38 as long as his body doesn’t say stop and former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois keeps playing.
Speaking about the longevity of his career, Hazard said: “I don’t set a goal. I have always said that I wanted to play as long as my body doesn’t say stop.
“It will also be related to the new generation. If I see that there is a player in my place, I’ll let him play.
“I hope it happens, that’s what makes football: the oldest stop, the youngest ones push on.
“When I arrived, I probably pushed people [out].
“Today, I’m still young, and I think that Courtois will beat the record, especially if he’s playing until the age of 38.
“I don’t know, maybe he’ll do it, be a [Gianluigi] Buffon, play until he’s 40.
“I will try to continue as long as Thibaut continues.”
Meanwhile, Hazard has denied signing a five-year contract with Real Madrid worth £270k-a-week.
“There’s nothing in the reports,” Hazard said.
“I’m only focused on (Sunday)’s game against Cyprus.
“That’s all I’m thinking about.”