Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard: I’m not here to show off

Eden Hazard insists he is not at Chelsea to be a star or to show off after completing a £32 move from Lille earlier this summer

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Eden Hazard scored 20 goals in 38 appearances for Lille last season Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

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Eden Hazard insists he is not a “show-off” and is relishing the chance to create goal scoring opportunities for his Chelsea team-mates.

The Beligum playmaker has netted once and set up five goals for the Blues since completing a £32m move from Lille to Stamford Bridge in July.

“I love to set up my team-mates,” Hazard told Champions magazine. “I am not here to be a star, to show off. I am here to play for the others, but if I have to try and clinch a game then I will.

“People will see me at Chelsea the way I am and judge me the way they want to.”

Hazard is relishing the chance to play in the Champions League with the holders after experiencing the competition for the first time last season.

“It’s a competition that gets everyone dreaming,” he added. “Every detail counts at this level.

“It was good experience [last season with Lille]. I hope to do better in it.

“It will be complicated, because now 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.”

The 21-year-old also revealed there is a lifestyle difference in England after spending seven years at Lille.

“It’s totally different here,” he said. “With Lille we could have gone to the South of France and people wouldn’t have recognised us. But at Chelsea, the players are at another level.

“Everything has changed for me – the language, the country – but it is up to me to adapt.”

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