- Eden Hazard spent over seven years at Stamford Bridge
- The Belgian helped Chelsea win several titles including two Premier Leagues and two Europa League titles
- The current Real Madrid star has now revealed that he supported Arsenal when he was a young boy
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Chelsea legend Eden Hazard has revealed that he supported Arsenal while growing up because of the array of stars paraded in their squad.
The Belgian attacker now plays for Spanish League champions Real Madrid after leaving the Blues in the summer of 2019.
During his seven and a half year reign at Stamford Bridge, he won two Premier Leagues, two Europa Leagues, the FA Cup, and League Cup.
Despite his support for the North Londoners as a youngster, Hazard gave his best to Chelsea and rose to become a cult-hero for the fans at the club. The Belgian told On The Front Foot and reported by Talk Sport:
“When I was little the team I watched the most was the French national team.
“For me, the players I looked up to were Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry, and it’s difficult for me to admit because of my relationship with Chelsea, but I really liked the Arsenal team at the time.
“They had players like Robert Pires, [Sylvain] Wiltord and [Patrick] Vieira, so it was mainly French players that I followed growing up.”
Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid about 18 months ago in a deal around €115 million but his greatness at the Santiago Bernabeu has been hampered by a series of injuries.
However, the 30-year-old is hoping he can emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and play till at least 36. Hazard added
“I’m just hoping to play football for as long as possible, and I always try to enjoy myself on the pitch.
“When it comes to the end of my career I can look back at my achievements, but my priority now is playing well and enjoying my football. I don’t think about where I will be in the next few years, I try to focus on the next match and the next training session.
“I’ve only just turned 30 so as long as my body feels good, hopefully, I can keep playing for at least another five or six years.”
“I’m lucky that when I’m injured and stuck at home, I have my family to get me through. It’s not the end of the world for me because I can spend time with my kids, when you’re alone and injured it can be tough but I’m lucky that I have my family to support me.
“When you’re injured there’s only so much you can do, you can work to get better faster but the injuries I have had to just take time to heal. I just have to wait, work hard to get better and when I’m at home I can enjoy the time with my family.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Eden Hazard has suffered another injury setback in his spell with Spanish giants Real Madrid and the Belgian is set to miss their Champions League clash with Atalanta.
The former Chelsea star will miss the next four to six weeks of action due to a thigh injury he suffered in training.
The 30-year-old who returned to full fitness back in December will likely miss the first leg tie against Atalanta towards the end of February.