Hiddink rules out Hazard departure

Eden Hazard will not be moving away from Chelsea and will return to top form next season, according to interim boss Guus Hiddink.

Chelsea: Hiddink rules out Hazard departureChelsea: Hiddink rules out Hazard departure

This time last year Hazard scooped the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award. This weekend he finally broke his Premier League goal duck for this season.

Hazard scored twice in Chelsea’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth after shaking off groin trouble, and now Hiddink has tipped the 25-year-old to resist a move away from the Blues in the summer.

“It’s important that [Hazard] is here next year,” said the interim boss. “He has some more years to go on his contract. And what I do know is that he is very happy with everything at Chelsea, and everything around Chelsea.

“He is very important and if he is fit he will be very important again next season.”

Italy’s Antonio Conte will take the Chelsea helm in the summer, and Hiddink firmly believes he will be able to build his new-look Blues team around the Belgian.

“He’s very light, very fresh now in training, he’s been enjoying it and making jokes,” added the Dutchman. “He’s playing free with no doubt in his mind and no frustrations, so this is a good sign for me. Now he can go on for the whole season.”

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