Chelsea winger Eden Hazard insists that he has not gone to Stamford Bridge to be a show off and insists that he loves to set up goals for others, according to The Mirror.
The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues from French side Lille for £32 million in the summer, has made a scintillating start to his Chelsea career. The Belgian is currently top of the assists table creating four goals in three games, as well as winning two penalties for his new club and scoring on his home debut in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.
The talented midfielder denies claims that he is a selfish player, “I love to set up my team-mates, I am not here to be a star, to show off. I am here to play for others, but if I have to try and clinch a game then I will.”
Hazard also claims that he ideally wanted to wear the number 10 shirt at Stamford Bridge currently occupied by Juan Mata. The speedy winger admits that he favours the number 10 shirt because that was the number worn by his hero Zinedine Zidane for France and Real Madrid.
Zidane, who is currently an advisor at Real Madrid, has also recently come out and said that Hazard is one of the finest young talents in world football. Hazard admits that he is flattered by the recent compliments, “When he started talking about me, I didn’t understand what was happening anymore. But he must have said that about other players, so I knew I had to keep on working.”
The youngster is also excited about the prospect of helping Chelsea defend their Champions League title this season. The European Champions have been placed in a relatively easy group alongside Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk.
No team has successfully defended their European crown since the great Milan side of 1989-1991 which included a whole host of stars such as Dutch trio, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit.
Hazard accepts that history suggests that it will be difficult for Chelsea to win the competition this time round, “It will be complicated because Chelsea are the team to beat. The goal is to win the Champions League every year, but we know it is difficult to win it twice in a row.”
Chelsea’s new arrival also admits that his £32 million price-tag means that he feels an additional pressure has been placed on him to perform for both club and country, “the Belgian fans expect a lot of me in the Belgium team. It is normal – they don’t forget that I cost €40 million. I totally understand.”
Despite this, Hazard also refutes claims about Chelsea needing to give him time because of his age, “I am maybe still very young but I already have a lot of experience. I don’t accept this argument about age, just like when people talk about the pressure on my shoulders.”
Hazard, who has just returned from international duty with Belgium, will experience his first taste of a West London derby when the Premier League’s frontrunners travel to Loftus Road to face Queen’s Park Rangers on Saturday.