London, April 24 (IANS) Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard wants Leicester City to win the English Premier League (EPL) and has admitted that they will do everything they can to beat rivals and title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur in their next fixture.
Leicester are currently five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham with four rounds to go.
“We don’t want — the fans, the club, the players — Tottenham to win the Premier League, but in football you never know,” Hazard was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Saturday.
“We hope for Leicester because they deserve to be champions this season, but we will see.
“We have a good game next week against Tottenham, if we can beat them it will be good.”
The Belgian midfielder scored his first two EPL goals of the football season in a resounding 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
After the win, 2014-15 champions Chelsea moved to the ninth spot on 47 points and the London club has no chance of retaining the title.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown felt the comment from the 25-year-old was ill-advised.
“The Tottenham players are probably listening to that right now and it’s goading them a little bit, but they might say: ‘Where has Eden Hazard been all season?'”
Dutch great Ruud Gullit added: “I can understand it, but don’t say it.”