Chelsea bought one of the best young players in the world at the end of the 2011/2012 season for £ 32m, and he quickly showed us what he knew. In his debut against Wigan he scored a penalty and assisted Ivanovic. In his first season he scored 13 goals and won the Europa League with the Blues. In the 2014/2015 season he was honoured as player of the season in the Premier League. He has won the Premier League twice with Chelsea so far in 2014/2015 and 2016/2017. Hazard comes from a six-member family who are all involved in football. Eden Hazard also received a reward for the best footballer in Belgium for 2017.
Last season (2016/2017) he made 39 appearances: 35 starts (4 as substitute). His statistics in the EPL were (per 90 minutes,): 52.07 passes attempted (84% completed); 4.4 successful take ons (78.1% success rate); 3.05 fouls suffered; 0.42 goals (from open play); 0.15 assists; 2.32 shots (1.28 on target) good enough for him to be compared to Messi and Ronaldo.
Eden Hazard has stepped up his performance levels for Chelsea again this season (2017/2018), proving that he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the world’s greatest footballers. In comparison to last season, the improvement is incredible. Hazard is averaging more assists, shots and key passes than last season. He has also increased the number of dribbles he produces as well as continuing to score at a consistent rate. This season Antonio Conte changed Chelsea’s formation from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2, giving Hazard a free role just behind the strikers, tasked with running the game and producing the majority of the team’s chances.
It’s no wonder that besides this statistic and the beautiful game that he shows, he is constantly in the center of transfer rumors. Last summer, Hazard was nearly transferred to PSG but then the financial fair play prevented the French team from stepping up their lineup with the best player in England. He was also linked to a transfer to Real Madrid, it was even said that Chelsea would sell him for £90m. Currently he has a Chelsea contract ending in 2020.
Chelsea have not secured a place in the Champions League next season, and this again fueled the transfer speculation for Hazard. Real Madrid are again considering an opportunity to buy the Belgian international, but they wonder if after this season his price is still to high. According to some newspapers Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager shows great interest in Eden Hazard, and is his number one transfer goal this summer. But Chelsea will not let Hazard go so easily, offering him a salary of £300.000 per week in an attempt to keep the star at the Bridge for another season.