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Football: Hazard shirt switch dampens exit rumours

Belgium winger Eden Hazard has given a strong indication that he expects to remain at Chelsea by announcing on Wednesday that he will wear the number 10 shirt next season.

LONDON: Belgium winger Eden Hazard has given a strong indication that he expects to remain at Chelsea by announcing on Wednesday that he will wear the number 10 shirt next season.

"I am very pleased to be able to wear the number 10 for Chelsea," Hazard, who has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, told the Chelsea website.

"It is my favourite number and is one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes from when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane.

"I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season."

Hazard, 23, had worn the number 17 shirt since arriving from Lille in 2012. The number 10 shirt was left vacant after Spanish midfielder Juan Mata left for Manchester United in January.

Hazard was named Chelsea's Player of the Year last month after a season in which he finished as the club's top scorer with 17 goals in all competitions.

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