Raheem Sterling makes heartfelt Chelsea exit promise with bold Eden Hazard comparison


Raheem Sterling has revealed that he's prepared to follow in Chelsea hero Eden Hazard's footsteps and retire once he's no longer enjoying football. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star was left without a club this season after his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu was terminated a year ahead of a schedule.

Despite reportedly receiving as many as six contract offers following his departure, Hazard decided to hang up his boots. In a heartfelt statement on his official Instagram account, the Blues legend paid tribute to the 'great managers, coaches and teammates' he worked with during his career and planned to enjoy his free time with 'loved ones'.

Hazard later admitted in an interview with Spanish publication Marca that he fell out of love with the beautiful game during his final season at Real Madrid. The former Belgium international said: "It is never easy to make a decision like that, but I am not going to say that was difficult.

"It is something that I had reflected on a lot. I had the support of people who know me and who know that I really want to do other things with my life outside of football. Last season was complicated and when I left the national team I already had everything thought out.

"I no longer enjoyed going to training and as I played less it became more complicated. I wouldn't play anywhere for money, I'm 32 years old and I have a whole life ahead of me to enjoy away from the playing fields."

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea's clash against Tottenham on Monday night, Sterling sympathised with Hazard and revealed that he would take similar action if he no longer enjoyed professional football. The 28-year-old winger said: "I'm like Hazard as well.

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"In terms of once that moment comes that I’m not enjoying football, I feel like that's the moment. You don't want to hate something that gave you so much love. I think you play football until you don't enjoy it anymore."

While Sterling has struggled to reach the lofty heights he once enjoyed at Manchester City since joining Chelsea, he's enjoyed a decent vein of form under Mauricio Pochettino. And when the west Londoners face Spurs, the Blues boss will be hoping that he can breach Ange Postecoglou's backline and bring their unbeaten streak to an end.

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