Sky Sports pundits believe that Chelsea are unlikely to win trophies in the near future.
Souness said, “If you are Hazard, you are one of the best players in the world, and you are thinking I’m now arguably at the peak of my career and I want to be winning the big trophies. Will that happen at Chelsea? I don’t think so. They look like they will struggle to get into the top four. Chelsea have a big decision to make, do they cash in or let him walk in 15 months?”
Souness added: “It’s difficult times ahead for Chelsea. I think there’s a big sea change in how they see things going forward. I don’t think they will be winning trophies in the immediate future.”
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp agreed with Souness that Chelsea, and Hazard, face an uncertain future.
Redknapp said: “Hazard is the key. He went to Chelsea for the Champions League but if they don’t get in it this year then it gives him an excuse to leave. He seems incredibly loyal and obviously loves the club, but he has a real predicament if they don’t get into the Champions League, and so do the club, because it’s an opportunity to cash in, but you can’t buy anybody to replace him.