The Belgian International has been linked with a summer exit
Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in the summer of 2012 and has been the mainstay in the team. He has established himself as one of the best players in the world with his extraordinary performances over the past few seasons.
Despite Blue’s struggle this season, the Belgian International has been a regular for the team and managed to score 17 goals in all competitions. He was very influential against Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday and scored the only goal of the match, helping the club to win their 8th FA Cup.
The 27 year old has been linked with a exit in the past transfer windows, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain having been long-standing suitors of him. But the Blue’s have been able to fend off interest and keep hold of the winger.
But Hazard has again been linked with a exit this summer and the Premier League giants no longer have Champions League football to use as a bargaining tool, both for possible incomings and outgoings.
Former Chelsea player Glenn Hoddle believes Hazard is absolutely crucial for the club and they must keep hold of him. But states that Real Madrid will come for him if Gareth Bale departs.
Hoddle wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: “If keeping [Antonio] Conte may be beneficial to Chelsea, keeping Eden Hazard is absolutely crucial. He’s the most important person in the Chelsea dressing room going forward and the Cup final proved that.
“Hazard was excellent, even though I’ve seen him play better, he was able to get away from Ander Herrera and we saw the consequences when Phil Jones brought him down for the vital penalty.
“The biggest European clubs would have been watching. I know Barcelona look likely to sign Antoine Griezmann but you could see Hazard fitting in at Real Madrid. He isn’t Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but for me he’s among the top five players in the world, he has that X-factor that causes danger every time he’s on the ball.
“If Gareth Bale leaves Madrid, you could see them wanting Hazard, and it’s vitally important Chelsea don’t allow that to happen and make the kind of signings that will want him to say. It’s even bigger than keeping Conte.