Eden Hazard is targeting yet another Premier League title and next season’s Player of the Year award.
He could be fit again by the end of August though, and has set his sights firmly on maintaining Chelsea’s dominance of the English top flight and regaining the Player of the Year crown he was awarded two seasons ago.
He said: “Hopefully, next year it is the same — we win the league and then I win Player of the Year.
” Obviously winning the league is what we want most and the award is just a bonus.
“We started this season well and we won the league, but next year we have to work as hard as we have this season. We have to be ready every year at the same level to stay at the top.”
Hazard, who netted 16 times this term and was voted the club’s Player of the Year by fans last month, added: “I’ve been here for five years now and I’m so happy.
“I’m at one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m very happy to play for such a big club like this.
“After five years, I know everything about the club. Even if I’m still only 26, I have a lot of experience now.
“I started playing at 16 in France, so I’ve been professional for 10 years. In terms of games and experience, I’m one of the oldest ones.
“I like this club because it’s like a family. I have a lot of friends and we all talk to each other.”
Although Real boss Zinedine Zidane is a big Hazard admirer, Spain’s back-to-back Champions League winners have been told in no uncertain terms by Chelsea that Hazard is not for sale.
They could even hand the former Lille star a new contract, despite there being three years left on his current deal.
Hazard has been reinvigorated by the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte, returning to his best form after falling out with Jose Mourinho last season before the Special One was sacked in the December.
Speaking to Chelsea Magazine, he added: “Personally, and as a team, it was a very good season.
After a bad campaign it’s obviously very important to bounce back and become champions again.
“I stayed at the top level last season in almost every game so I was happy with my own form.
“I know if I score I can help the team win games, and in the new system I have been closer to the goal so it’s been easier to penetrate, make assists and score goals.
“But our success was down to all of the players. Everybody’s form was fantastic, which was great for us.”
Meanwhile, the Blues are continuing to target £52million-rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, despite the Italians’ insistence that he is not for sale at any price.
The Serie A heavyweights rejected an approach from Chelsea last summer, instead persuading the 25-year-old to sign a new contract.
Conte, however, is keen to reinforce his defensive options ahead of the club’s return to the Champions League next season.