Eden Hazard has said that he won’t depart from Stamford Bridge until Chelsea are crowned Premier League champions once again.
In the 2014/15 season, Hazard scored 14 goals and notched up 10 assists in 38 Premier League appearances as the Blues ended a five-year drought to win the Premier League title. On top of that, Hazard was named the PFA Player of the Year.
The Belgium international couldn’t repeat his performance in the 2015/16 season as he finished with four goals and four assists in 31 matches, while Chelsea concluded their campaign in 10th place.
Following his less than impressive performance last season, Hazard is starting to turn things around as he has found the back of the net seven times and registered one assist in 11 games. As a result, Chelsea currently sit in second place on the Premier League standings and trail league leaders Liverpool by just one point.
Having rediscovered his goal-scoring form, the 25-year-old hopes to maintain his momentum and also lauded manager Antonio Conte for believing in him and helping him regain the spark he was looking for.
"Last year was complicated," Hazard told The Guardian. "Some people didn't believe it, but I played with a [hip] injury for a long time. I was never 100 percent, and when you're not completely fit it's hard to play at your best. But I had a good break after the Euros, a good preseason, and was ready.
"Liberated, yes. It feels like that sometimes, being injury-free and if a system brings the best out of you.
"Back in March I'd spoken [to Conte] about the difficult season I'd had up to then, and what he expected of me in the year to come. I'd not scored many goals, but he saw me as a goal scorer. He spoke to me about his preferred systems, the 3-4-3 or even with two up front.
"His passion and enthusiasm for the job were obvious. I made clear I had no intention of leaving after such a poor year. I didn't want to go out like that. If I ever leave, it'll be after winning a championship. You need to go out on a high so that people remember you for the right reasons."
Hazard is currently in the running to be bestowed with the honour of being named the PFA Player of the Year this season, and he has attributed it to the new system Conte has put in place.
"If someone had told us before the season that if we did everything Conte asked of us we'd have a chance to become champions again, we'd all have signed up," Hazard added. "We have bought into it. This is what he wants from us and believes we need to do to achieve something special."