Eden Hazard insists he is happy at Chelsea and has played down persistent rumours linking him with Real Madrid.
It is reported the Belgium international could move to the Bernabeu in the summer following Real’s disappointing campaign in La Liga this season.
But the 27-year-old says he is in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge. “For the time being I’m here,” he said. “There are still some months to go and competitions to try to win, then the World Cup is coming up,” Hazard added.
“I’m here, I still have 2½ years on my contract. I’m very settled here and playing every game.
“The fans like me a lot and my family likes it here. We’ll see.”
Hazard was also asked if he was flattered by Real’s interest, to which he replied: “Yes, but it’s been several years now they’re interested – when it’s not Real, it’s Paris, when it’s not Paris, it’s Real. I’m happy where I am.”
Antonio Conte says the signing of Olivier Giroud at Chelsea will give good competition for Alvaro Morata.
Hazard is also adamant that the players are behind head coach Antonio Conte who has been under mounting pressure with the defending Premier League champions 19 points behind Manchester City in this year’s title race.
“We win together, we lose together,” Hazard added ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg at home to Barcelona.
“I don’t sense there’s any player who’s not with the coach. Everyone is behind him. All we want is to climb the table – and give everything against Barcelona. We will see what happens after.”
Hazard is Chelsea top scorer this season and he will be looking to add to his tally of 15 goals when he faces Ernseto Valverde’s side this week.