August 20, 2018 / 3:52 AM / a month ago

Hazard rules out Chelsea exit this month

(Reuters) - Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has said he has no plans to leave the Premier League club before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Arsenal - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - August 18, 2018 Chelsea's Eden Hazard applauds fans after the match. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Belgian was consistently linked with a move to Real Madrid throughout the close season but, following Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, the 27-year-old said he would be staying in London.

“I’m fine here. We’ll see what happens in a year or two,” Hazard told French news outlet RMC Sport.

“Leave this year? I will not leave. Everybody knows what I said after the World Cup - but I’m happy here.”

With the English transfer window already closed Chelsea would be unable to bring in someone to replace Hazard if he left.

“It would be a little odd if they sell me now while they can’t recruit a replacement,” Hazard added.

Chelsea travel to Newcastle United in the Premier League next weekend.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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