Chelsea star Eden Hazard has seemingly ruled out moving to Major League Soccer in the future and hinted that he wants to end his professional career in his homeland of Belgium.
The United States has become a retirement village for many modern-day legends of the game. The likes of David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard, Lampard and Ashley Cole among others have all had spells in the States towards the latter end of their careers.
England all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney and 2014 German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger are currently plying their trade in the US, with DC United and Chicago Fire, respectively.
The States is an attractive destination for many towards the latter stages of their careers. It allows them to play in an environment which is less physically demanding than in Europe and many are able to still shine despite their advanced ages.
As football is still a growing sport in the US, the pressure both on and off the field for many of the world’s top stars is also considerably less than what it would be in Europe.
It appears that Hazard is not keen on playing in the US. However, he is now at the prime of his career and will be thinking about winning as many trophies as possible at this time rather than where he will be ending his career. If Hazard takes care of his body, he could potentially play on for another ten years.
Hazard told Belgian source HLN: “No. Things can always change, but I doubt it if I will ever play there.
“I have always said that I want to finish my career in Belgium. But right now I think this is quite difficult to envisage.”