Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard says he can handle the kicking he is copping this season.

Hazard is the player who has completed the most take-ons in the Premier League in 2016/17.

“I think every year it is the same,” he told

“When you’ve got the ball at your feet or you keep the ball, you have to be ready to get kicked so I don’t complain about this. I just want to be protected but it is football now and sometimes you get kicked and you get a free-kick or a penalty and it is a chance to score, so I am happy to do this.”