Eden Hazard admits he could leave Chelsea – but only after the club claim another Premier League title.
The Belgian star, 25, fired the Blues to the championship in the 2014/15 campaign with 14 league goals.
Hazard endured a difficult spell last season, only managing to find the back of the net on six occasions as Chelsea stumbled to a mid-table finish.
But Hazard’s return to form this term has coincided with an upturn in results in west London, with Antonio Conte’s charge trailing leaders Liverpool by just one point.
Determined to leave on a high, former PFA Player of the Year Hazard has revealed that if he departs Stamford Bridge, it will be after winning the title again.
The 25-year-old told the Guardian: ‘Back in March I’d spoken [to Conte] about the difficult season I’d had up to then, and what he expected of me in the year to come.
‘I’d not scored many goals, but he saw me as a goalscorer. He spoke to me about his preferred systems, the 3-4-3 or even with two up front.
‘His passion and enthusiasm for the job were obvious.’
Hazard, who has played over 200 games for Chelsea, added: ‘I made clear I had no intention of leaving after such a poor year.
‘I didn’t want to go out like that. If I ever leave, it’ll be after winning a championship. You need to go out on a high so that people remember you for the right reasons.’