Hazard on Zidane influence, club form and when he'll leave Chelsea

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Eden Hazard covets the number ten in order to honour his hero Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.

There is an expiration date for Eden Hazard's time at Chelsea, however, while the player will not retire at Stamford Bridge, he has given no indication that he will leave for Paris Saint-Germain as he brandished Ligue 1 a division for prospects.

Instead, the renowned attacker has intentions on competing in the Jupiler Pro League as he desires a return to Belgium "at the end of [his] career."

The 23-year-old, who has a pass accuracy of 92% this season whilst creating 15 goal-scoring opportunities, one assist and one goal, also commented on why he wears the shirt number ten, the root cause of his exceptional club form and acknowledges that he has been unable to replicate that at international leavel.

On RTBF via Niewsblad, Hazard said: "I think I've had a good start to the season. I give myself an eight out of ten for my season starts. People will say that I have not scored enough, but that's not the most important."

Commenting on his idol Zinedine Zidane, a 2002 Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Hazard said: "The shirt number ten is important to me, though I've already played good seasons without that number. The 'ten' I have always been wanted, if it was free.

"It is the number of Zinedine Zidane… Zizou was beautiful to look at!"

Belgium news publication Niewsblad cites Hazard as "the most important player at the number one British club Chelsea," but claims his performance level for the Blues is markedly superior to the displays he returns for the Red Devils - Belgium.

"I really do not know why I can not play like Chelsea for the national team. I try to find an answer there, but have so far not found. I need to try to give the best."

Hazard is perpetually linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, particularly to Paris Saint-Germain but the forward believes they need to win the Champions League in order to raise their profile as a super club, like Chelsea. "The French league is a good league…" he added, "but not the best in Europe. It is a competition for young people."

He continued: "I'd like one day to play in Belgium. Maybe at the end of my career, but we are not there yet!

"I've never played in Belgium, except with the national team. In your country, playing is fun. Who knows the future?" He concluded.

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