Chelsea winger Eden Hazard did little to impress his supposed suitors at Paris Saint-Germain during the Blues’ 2-1 Champions League loss in France.
Hauled off after 71 minutes, the Belgian had been far from keen to scotch rumours he was interested in move to the Parc des Princes before the game:
“It is difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League,” Hazard to Le Parisien.
“PSG are now in that category. And for me, winning the Champions League is my main aim.”
His performance against Laurent Blanc’s men wasn’t the type expected from a player courted by Europe’s elite clubs and the scarcely credible slide in output since he won 2014/15 PFA player of the year must worry potential recruiters.
At the zenith of his form in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign, discussion had centred around what Hazard had to do to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.
Scoring more goals was generally agreed to be the main area of improvement to hasten the then-unplayable wide man’s path into the game’s highest echelon.
Yet, after hitting 14 league goals and 19 in all competitions last term, he has singularly failed to step up, netting once in 29 appearances in 2015/16, with that a penalty against a porous MK Dons outfit in the FA Cup.
The Belgian has yet to find the net in 20 top-flight outings this term and the bwin odds compilers go just 15/4 about him failing to do so in the division all season.
With Hazard long having been Chelsea’s penalty taker, the 3/20 about him bagging before the close of the campaign is understandable – three of his 14 league strikes came from the spot last term.
However, the 25-year-old was on the pitch for Chelsea when their last penalty was awarded, even drawing the foul that led to the decision, yet Oscar was the man entrusted with converting it.