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Jun 3, 2014

Hazard to wear No. 10 for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has no intention of allowing Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea.
Eden Hazard will change shirt number from 17 to 10 next season, Chelsea announced.

Eden Hazard has dropped a big hint that he will be remaining at Chelsea next season by announcing he will wear the number 10 shirt at Stamford Bridge.

- Lampard relieved to announce exit

Hazard, who has worn the number 17 since signing for the club in 2012, confirmed the switch on Chelsea's official website.

The 23-year-old has been persistently linked with a move to Paris St Germain in recent weeks, with France Football reporting on Tuesday that Hazard met with PSG owner Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, in March.

But Hazard's comments about his shirt switch suggest he will be going nowhere.

"I am very pleased to be able to wear the number 10 for Chelsea," Hazard said. "It is my favourite number and is one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes from when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane.

"I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season."

Hazard, who was crowned Chelsea Player of the Year last month, takes over the number 10 shirt from Juan Mata after the Spaniard moved to Manchester United in January.

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