Eden Hazard sends clear message to Chelsea FC stars about next season
Eden Hazard discusses Chelsea FC's chances of catching up with Man City next season
Eden Hazard has told his Chelsea FC team-mates that the Blues must be able to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
The Belgian playmaker’s future at Stamford Bridge is likely to be a fresh source of speculation once again this summer after Chelsea FC failed to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Hazard, 27, is widely regarded as one of European football’s top playmakers and he has helped the Blues to win two Premier League titles since his move from Lille back in 2012.
He was also the difference for Chelsea FC this season as he scored the winner in the FA Cup final against Manchester United to hand the Blues the trophy.
However, it was a disappointing season for Chelsea FC in the Premier League, with Antonio Conte’s men having ended up in fifth place in the table, meaning they will have to settle for Europa League football next term.
It remains to be seen whether the playmaker will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer.
However, the former Lille man has talked up the importance of Chelsea FC stepping up their performances in the Premier League and challenging Manchester City next season.
Speaking to BT Sport before the FA Cup final, Hazard said: “Next season we have to challenge them [Manchester City].
“I think they played very well this year. The way they were playing and keeping possession… I don’t know if we can do that because they have a lot of good players with this ability.
“We also have players with ability but next season can be different.”