15 October 2014 16:05
Eden Hazard does not feel he is one of the five best players in the world, despite continuing his impressive form for Chelsea this season.
Attacking midfielder Hazard, who netted 17 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last term, has been influential in the London club’s unbeaten start to the new Premier League campaign.
The 23-year-old Belgium international is reportedly set to sign a new five-year-contract at Stamford Bridge, but believes he must still improve in order to be considered on the same level as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I’m not a top-five player yet,” Hazard said in quotes reported by The Daily Telegraph. “Maybe I’m close to it, but I still have to work on some aspects. You can only be part of that group if you are decisive in the top games. I start doing that, like I did against Manchester City and Arsenal.
“Who are better than me? The two extra-terrestrials, Ronaldo and Messi, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Franck] Ribery and [Arjen] Robben. They make the difference almost every game.
“My World Cup wasn’t good, neither bad. They [Belgium fans] expected from me that I would make the difference every game, like Messi does for Argentina. You can’t forget this was my first World Cup and I’ve been decisive two times.”
Hazard has been continually linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, who were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Chelsea at the quarter-final stage last season.
However, the former Lille player has reiterated he has no interest in returning to the French top flight.
“I’ve always been clear – I feel good at Chelsea,” he added. “Every week I repeat the same on PSG. It’s a big team, but an inferior league. I don’t want to return to France, because I’ve won everything over there – the league title, cup, best player, best young player.
“I don’t want to say PSG is a step backwards, but it would be returning to something I already know. I’m always in for new challenges. When I will leave Chelsea one day, it would be to discover something new.”