The Belgian believes the former Barcelona forward’s experience at Camp Nou will make him a big asset to Jose Mourinho and admits he and his team-mates must improve
Eden Hazard insists he is looking forward to playing alongside new Chelsea signing Pedro, declaring that he always wants to “learn from the best”.
Chelsea completed a €30 million (£21.5m) deal to bring the 28-year-old from Barcelona on Thursday, with Jose Mourinho claiming that his club had signed “one of the best attacking players in the world”.
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year Hazard agrees and thinks Pedro’s track record of success with the Catalan giants – winning five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues in seven years in the first team at Camp Nou – will serve Chelsea well in the defence of their Premier League crown.
“When you play with Chelsea, you want to play with big players,” Hazard told Sky Sports. “He can bring a new experience. He is very good, fast, I want to play with him.
“I want to learn, I’m still young, I want to be one of the very best and I learn from the best.”
Chelsea’s one point from their opening two matches this season is the worst start by any defending champion in the Premier League era and Hazard knows he and his team-mates have no choice but to work harder to turn their fortunes around – starting against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
“Of course we need to change, we have just one point,” he added. “We need to play our game, our football. We need to score more goals, defend very well. Everybody has to be better.
“I’m not surprised [at how hard it has been]. The manager said to the players last season ‘you will see next season will be hard’.
“It’s the beginning of the season, we have to work. Now we play the third game and if we want to be at the top at the end, we have to start winning games.”