Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I WANT TO STAY AT CHELSEA FOR YEARS; HAZARD SAYS IT WOULD BE 'SILLY' TO LEAVE THE CLUB WHEN THEY ARE SO STRONG Eden Is So Happy That He Wants to Stay for Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I WANT TO STAY AT CHELSEA FOR YEARS; HAZARD SAYS IT WOULD BE 'SILLY' TO LEAVE THE CLUB WHEN THEY ARE SO STRONG Eden Is So Happy That He Wants to Stay for Years

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent EXCLUSIVE

EDEN HAZARD is so happy at Chelsea he has set his sights on staying at the club for another decade.

In an exclusive interview with Standard Sport today, the 24-year-old insists not even rough treatment from opponents will drive him away from the English game.

The Belgium international lifted the Premier League trophy on Sunday (right) after a stellar campaign in which Chelsea also won the Capital One Cup and he was named both the PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year.

In February Chelsea handed him a new contract until 2020, however, it is understood the hierarchy have already expressed a desire to keep him for at least another 10 years.

Asked by Standard Sport if he could see himself playing for Chelsea for that long, he said: "Why change? If you're happy and things are going really well at one place, there is no need to change.

"Obviously, these things don't just depend on me but whenever you're enjoying your football and having the chance to win trophies, it would be silly to change."

Hazard was the most fouled player in the Premier League this season and manager Jose Mourinho fears he could eventually decide to leave if he does not get more protection from referees.

But Hazard said: "Maybe I need more of that [protection] but it is the special thing about English football, it's what makes it different.

"Over here people like a scrap, like a battle. I will just keep playing the way I do. I will try and entertain the fans, create assists, score goals and concentrate on that regardless. I can still take the hits, it's not a problem for me. I accept the blows. I can take the punches like a boxer."

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille Continued on Page 63 Continued from Back Page for PS32million in 2012 less than a month after they won the Champions League and he is desperate to help the club triumph in Europe again. …

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