'Goal is to win titles' - Eden Hazard would give up individual glory for silverware

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has spoken about criticism over his World Cup performance and goal return.

Today sees the return of Belgium's World Cup stars to Chelsea FC, well two of them, as Romelu Lukaku has agreed to join Everton for £25 million.

But Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard both got back in blue with Hazard hoping for another impressive season at Stamford Bridge.

The attacker caught the eye again last term with some scintillating performances - even if he did come in for criticism from Jose Mourinho toward the end of campaign for his lack of work rate.

Hazard was of course hoping to shine at the World Cup this summer in Brazil - as 'dark horses' Belgium looked to find a route to potential shock glory. Unfortunately that was not the case. The Red Devils lost to eventual finalists Argentina in the quarter-finals.

Many of their players performed admirably and caught the eye, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel for example. Others underperformed - with Hazard being one such player.

As such he came into criticism form various corners of the press for his displays in Brazil, criticism he addressed this week when talking to Belgian media.

Criticism, he agreed with:

"Collectively, we could have done better. But losing against the finalist and among the last eight nations of the competition, this is not so bad. From a personal standpoint, I agree that the criticisms were justified to me. I tried to give up, but it did not work as I hoped..."

He also went on to address criticism about his goal return for club and country - which remains low compared to many similar players across Europe.

But he responded to that with words which will be music to Mourinho's ears:

"If I give less assists and scores fewer goals and in return the club gleans trophies, that would suit me perfectly. Again, the goal is to win titles. Period."

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Last season he found himself criticised for his lack of effort after the defeat to Atletico Madrid. But these comments suggest an onus from himself to become more of a team player - to put Chelsea before Hazard.

For Mourinho and Blues fans this can only be good news. However, they certainly wouldn't mind the odd extra assist or goal from their star player here and there.

Can Hazard drive Chelsea to glory next season?

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