Ex-Chelsea defender Jason Cundy has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to break the bank and stop Eden Hazard from joining Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old revealed yesterday that he was torn between signing a new Chelsea contract and moving to Real Madrid.
Asked about Hazard’s comments, Cundy told talkSPORTS: “I think it’s a very open and a very honest statement. He’s a lovely lad and he doesn’t cause problems.
“As Chelsea fans we’ve got to accept he’s not a west London boy and he wants to play for Real Madrid.
“If they come in with a big enough offer, I think we have to accept that there is a time and a place in a player’s career and he wants to go on and play for one of the biggest clubs, if not THE biggest club, in world football.
“But, from my point of view, I want him to stay – of course I do.
“It’s a really horrible situation for the club because he’s playing well and he’s clearly happy right now, but he has ambitions to go on a do something.”
“I would make him the highest paid player in the world.
“I would give him £650k, £700k, £750k-a-week. Why not? Tell me why not?
“To replace him… you can’t replace him!
“What’s he worth on the open market, say £150million? You’re not going to be able to replace him!”
Hazard has less than two years left to run on his Chelsea contract and he admitted on Monday that he is struggling to decide where his future lies.
“I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” Hazard said.
“So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go.
“Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.
“Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today.
“It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see.
“I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so.”