With the first major international tournament of the new season upon us, Chelsea have a lot to look forward to in terms of the team’s preparations for next season.
A key element of their plans has been the rebranding of the squad, with Eden Hazard set to become the club’s new captain.
In a new interview with the Chelsea website, the England international confirmed he will be part of the Chelsea squad, as well as having his jersey retired by the club on his birthday, March 21.
“I’m really excited for the occasion.
It’s the biggest honour of my life and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.”
We are all really excited to play the final of the tournament and be able to say that we’ve won it.”
Hazard’s arrival will also mark a return to the club for the first time since 2011, when the striker scored 28 goals in all competitions.
“Obviously we’ll be looking to continue the momentum that has been building,” said Mourinho, who also revealed he had plans to bring a striker to the Stamford Bridge.
“In my first year, I brought a forward from the same club as the captain of the national team and he’s been a fantastic player, he’s done really well.
It would be fantastic to have a player like that on the team.”
Chelsea’s new striker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with a reported £30 million price tag expected to be the final hurdle.
The 25-year-old will have the opportunity to start in the Premier League for the second consecutive season, after he scored a hat-trick in the 2-0 win over Everton in the Champions League.
Hazard also indicated he had his sights set on the Premier Club Championship, and added that his decision to come back to the Premier league would be the right one.
“It would be my first time back and I’d like to try and get on with my life at the moment,” he told the website.
“For me, I’d love to play again and I think I’m a winner.
I’ve been here for five years and the manager is really passionate about what he’s doing and he wants to win.”
To me it’s a really good opportunity.
It feels like the right time to come and I can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a good opportunity to make history.””
The way the season is going, I’m looking forward for the next step,” he continued.
“It’s a good opportunity to make history.”
But the way I see it, the way we’re doing things, it’s not about how good you are or how good your squad is.
It doesn’t matter.