Chelsea magician Eden Hazard is reportedly a target for Spanish club Real Madrid but ex-Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit has urged Chelsea to keep hold of Eden Hazard to ensure the Blues impress in Europe next season.
Premier League clubs have failed to impress in the Champions League in recent years with only two semi-final appearances by Premier League clubs in the past five seasons of the Champions League and Gullit insists the drain of the best players to La Liga will have to be halted if English clubs want to challenge in the Champions League again.
“The difference is that England has the best coaches but the best players are in Spain,” said Gullit.
“The best, the Ronaldos and the Messis, play in Spain. And those players decide what will happen in a game.
“What are the rumours now about Hazard? If Chelsea could keep him, it would be massive. But if Real Madrid is calling, what would you do?
“You have to keep him. You need the world-class player. The individual players, they still make the difference.
“You see it in the Premier League with Alexis Sanchez with Arsenal, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli with Tottenham, you see it with Chelsea with Hazard.
“Individual players make the difference and that is good for sport because that is why people want to go for matches. That’s what we pay for. We want to see the individual. So you make the tactics so that individual play can flourish.”