Eden Hazard has thrown his Chelsea future into fresh doubt by admitting he will only decide whether to commit to a new long term contract at Stamford Bridge after he knows who the club replace Antonio Conte with as coach and also the calibre of players they sign this summer.
The Belgium international’s current deal runs out at the end of next season and he has been stalling on signing a new contract for the best part of a year, amid rumoured interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Hazard is currently preparing for the World Cup with his country, although the hugely talented attacker admitted that he is keeping a close eye on what is going on at Stamford Bridge:
“At the moment I only focus on the World Cup,’ He said.
“We had a bad season with Chelsea. We won the FA Cup at the end – so it was a little bit better but I’m only focused on the World Cup.
“Then I let the board manage Chelsea the best way that they can.”
When asked if Chelsea’s choice of manager and new signings are key to his own future Hazard said:
“Yeah, I want to know.
“I want to know, but like I say I am focused on the World Cup.
“If we have something new – manager or players – it is always good to know it because I want players that can [help bring success back to] Chelsea next season. ‘But to be fair the transfer market is not here [in full flow] yet. We will see after.”
Despite Antonio Conte winning the Premier League in his first season in English football and the FA Cup this season, he is widely expected to leave the club this summer, with former France manager Laurent Blanc the current favourite to take over the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
Chelsea finished in a disappointing fifth place in the league last season, and it is expected that their failure to qualify for the Champions will seriously impact their ability to attract top class players this summer.