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Hazard asks Chelsea manager to find new shin pads

Eden Hazard has asked Jose Mourinho to get his friend to design a pair of shin pads that protect his calves as well as his shins.

Eden Hazard wants more protection. Credit: PA

Mourinho urged referees to give Hazard, who is one of England's most fouled players, more protection last week and speaking to the Telegraph yesterday, he revealed that his Belgian star has asked for better shin pads.

Eden told me to speak with my friends who make the carbon shin pads. I am not joking. He told me to speak with them because I am friends with the guy, to try to make it also for the back [of his calves]. Like a horse, when the horses do the jumping – in front and behind. Because now he gets [kicked] behind.

– Jose Mourinho speaking to the Telegraph

Eden Hazard signs new long term Chelsea contract

Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League club have announced.

The Belgian has scored 32 Premier League goals in 94 matches since joining the Blues, and told Chelsea's official website:

I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea. Since I came here in 2012 I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me.

The manager has helped me improve a lot, the fans have been fantastic and I have an amazing understanding with my team-mates.

I always try to give pleasure to the supporters with my style of play and it is nice to know they appreciate my work.

– Eden Hazard