Chelsea have handed Belgian star Eden Hazard the No. 10 shirt as Jose Mourinho aims to build his team around the reigning Premier League Young Player of the Year.
Hazard, 23, has become a symbol of the ‘new Chelsea’ as the Blues continue to replace experienced veterans with promising youngsters at Stamford Bridge
However the Belgian superstar continues to be linked with a move away from West London, as French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain are said to be weighing up a mammoth $102 million bid for Hazard, if you believe reports in the Daily Mail.
The man himself seems happy to remain at Chelsea, especially after being given the iconic No. 10 shirt previously worn by Juan Mata. Hazard explained to the clubs website that being given that shirt is a symbol of great pride.
“I am very pleased to be able to wear the number 10 for Chelsea,” Hazard said. “It is my favorite number and is one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes from when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane. I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season.”
That doesn’t sound like a man about to move to PSG, does it?
Although interestingly enough, Hazard’s father and agent has also been speaking out about a potential transfer and wasn’t quite as emphatic about the Belgian boy wonder being at Chelsea next season.
“I read transfer news on Eden every day, but at this moment nothing has happened,” Thierry Hazard told the Belgian media. “Eden had asked me one thing, that he can focus on the World Cup. There will be no transfer news during the World Cup.”
Despite seeing Hazard being handed the No. 10 shirt, it will be an anxious wait for Chelsea fans to see if Hazard will leave for PSG and follow his teammate David Luiz who recently jumped ship to the French champions in a $75 million transfer.
Every player has their price and $102 million, especially given all of the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs have to operate within, is a lot of money.