Eden Hazard makes big statement about his future at Chelsea

Eden Hazard makes big statement about his future at Chelsea

Chelsea have led the way in the Premier League for the majority of the season and, despite seeing their lead at the top of the table cut down to four points by Tottenham Hotspur this month, they remain in the driving seat to win the title.

Diego Costa scored twice as the Blues restored their seven-point lead over Tottenham at the top of the Premier League.

Pedro then fired another effort wide as Chelsea continued to pour forward, and the hosts were finally rewarded with a stylish fourth as Costa exchanged passes with Hazard and then Pedro before slotting his finish past the Southampton keeper from inside the box.

Even as the goals dried up and the uncertainty about Costa's future persisted, manager Antonio Conte never doubted his striker's ability to make an impact in the title run-in.

"I am confident with my players".

Indeed, it took them just nine minutes to add a third goal in the second half as Costa held off Ryan Bertrand to nod Cesc Fabregas's cross past Fraser Forster and bring up his half-century of Premier League goals from just 85 matches.

Eden Hazard has equalled his best return of 14 Premier League goals in a season.

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Those goals helped the league leaders nudge closer to regaining the trophy from Leicester, having had their advantage trimmed in recent weeks by Tottenham. It wasn't easy after a tough game against Tottenham. If you have to spend money, try and spend that money in the right way to take players with the right characteristics for your idea of football.

Romeu's cancelled out Hazard's opener.

James Ward-Prowse's corner from the left was inadvertently flicked on by Cesar Azpilicueta and reached the unattended Manolo Gabbiadini at the back post. The goalkeeper parried the shot but the ball fell to Romeu for a simple tap-in.

His game time since Conte arrived hasn't been great and if the two of them aren't on the same wavelength then Conte may decide to cash in on him now while he still can to fund a move for someone who is a little more attuned to what he wants.

"I think this situation we have to improve".

Puel has compared Romeu, who is expected to start against his former club after missing Saints' last two games through suspension, to Kante and the manager feels both men are nearly equals in terms of quality.

This was Chelsea's first home game since it was announced that John Terry would be leaving in the summer following 22 years of service.

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