The Belgian playmaker was plagued by injury and poor form just months after being named Footballer of the Year as Chelsea mounted one of the worst title defences in Premier League history, finishing 10th.

But as he continued pre-season preparations here under new manager Antonio Conte, Hazard said: “I want to be the best, just like I was two years ago. Do I want to win that award again? Yes.

“After a season like that I wanted to stay at Chelsea because I didn’t want to finish like that.

“If I must leave Chelsea one day, I hope I can finish well here and be a champion again. I am ready.”