For many seasons now, Eden Hazard has been a subject of interest from Spanish giants, Real Madrid. While Diego Costa was heavily linked with a move to China during the January transfer window.
Writing in the London Evening Standard, former Liverpool player Danny Murphy says it is far more important for Chelsea to keep Hazard than Costa who could be replaced.
“If Chelsea sell Diego Costa in the summer, I do not believe the effect would be as drastic as many suggest,” he said.
“Costa is a fine player who is having an excellent season. His toughness, work ethic and finishing ability are outstanding.
“Yet such is Chelsea’s financial power and history of success this century, they would simply go and buy another top-class centre-forward, such as Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid.
“They are in a better position than Arsenal would be if they lost Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal could not attract a centre-forward of similar calibre. Chelsea could.
“Eden Hazard is the player they really need to keep. Is there another player with those characteristics who they could expect to sign?
“I see only Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and Neymar – and I don’t see any of those three leaving Spanish football to move to Chelsea.”