The Chelsea star has praised the words he received from a Dutch footballing legend.
Eden Hazard is truly one of the modern day footballing greats, wowing crowds every week with his displays at Stamford Bridge, and he has told the official Blues website that it was advice from a Dutch legend that inspired him to achieve greatness.
The 24-year-old Belgium international started his professional career with Ligue 1 side Lille, making his debut in 2007 and going on to appear almost 200 times for the French club. He ended up leaving in 2012 to sign for then European Champions Chelsea for a £32 million fee, and he has not looked back since.
Although silverware has been a shortcoming at Stamford Bridge - he has just a Europa League trophy to his name - Hazard has earned glowing reviews for his performances, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award last season, as well as the Blues’ in-house Player of the Year award.
He has continued to excel this season, and has been shortlisted as a potential PFA winner as the Blues look to secure Premier League glory for the first time in Hazard’s career. He recently signed a new contract to keep him in West London until 2020, as reported by the Guardian, and there is the feeling that head coach Jose Mourinho has an admiration for Hazard that will make him build the new era of Chelsea around the Belgian attacker.
Aside from all of his attacking abilities, Hazard is highly praised for his work rate and playing ethic, that sees him always tracking back to defend and looking to improve himself. His rate of progression suggests that his desire to always work on himself has been a long standing trait, and Hazard has admitted that it was advice from Patrick Kluivert that made him the player he is today.
When asked by the Chelsea website to relay the best piece of advice ever received, Hazard replied: “I remember the first time I met Patrick Kluivert and shook his hand. I played with him at Lille. He said, 'Yeah, you’re young, you have good quality, but work. You have to work. Every day you have to work if you want to be one of the best.'
“I remember that very well.”