Azpilicueta: We will respect Hazard’s decision

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea applaud fans after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Fulham FC at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says the squad will respect Eden Hazard’s decision if he decides part ways with the club.

Azpilicueta further highlighted that Hazard’s main focus is the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku on 29 May.

The Belgium ace has been Chelsea’s best player this season and may likely complete a switch to Real Madrid this summer with only a year left on his contract.

Hazard recently revealed Chelsea already know where his future lies and that he expects his future to be resolved after the Arsenal game.

Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: “Obviously Eden is a very important player for us.

“We arrived here at the same time and obviously we want him to stay with us – but we have to respect his decision.

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“He is a Chelsea player and his mind is only doing well with Chelsea and on lifting the trophy in Baku – and then we will see.”

Chelsea are currently in Boston preparing for a post-season friendly against New England Revolution on Wednesday.

He said: “We will have time to do everything. We will have time to train hard, to rest.

“We have nearly two weeks until the final and I think it is really important to arrive in good condition.

“It is our final game of the season and hopefully we can get in good shape and lift the trophy.”

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