Chelsea's Eden Hazard 'waiting' for club after making decision on future
LEICESTER -- Eden Hazard said he has decided his future and is waiting for Chelsea to act on his wishes after making what is likely to be his final Premier League appearance for the club against Leicester City.
Despite starting on the bench at the King Power Stadium, Hazard's name was sung all afternoon by the travelling Chelsea supporters, several of whom held up a banner urging him to spurn interest from Real Madrid and stay at the club.
Sources told ESPN FC this week that Hazard wants Chelsea to sanction his desired move to the Spanish giants as soon as possible, and speaking after the game the Belgian confirmed he has made his feelings known to the club hierarchy.
"Yes I have made my decision, but it is not just about me," Hazard said on the subject of his future. "I'm still waiting."
Asked if he has told the club, Hazard replied: "Yes. A couple of weeks ago."
Maurizio Sarri said in December that it was time to resolve Hazard's future, and the Belgian agreed that he would have preferred clarity a little earlier in the season. "Yes, I wanted that but that's not happened. I'm still waiting like you are waiting and like the fans are waiting."
Chelsea's goalless draw with Leicester, coupled with Tottenham's 2-2 draw at home to Everton, secured Sarri a third-place finish in the Premier League to cap the Champions League qualification that was sealed with victory over Watford last weekend.
Hazard, however, insisted that Chelsea's presence in Europe's elite club competition next season will have no bearing on his future. "No, I don't think so. I have made my decision, that's it. I'm still waiting."
Chelsea have a chance to end the season with silverware by beating Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku later this month, and Hazard expects to be able to announce his decision after the game.
But the Belgian -- who registered 16 goals and 15 assists for Chelsea in the Premier League -- insisted that the persistent speculation linking him with Madrid in recent months has not affected his focus when it comes to football.
"Never, never," he said. "When you are on the pitch, you try to be focused on the pitch with the ball. That's it. When I am on the pitch I just try to do the best. I am not thinking about this and this, my situation or the club's situation. I just try to win games."