Eden Hazard has dominated football headlines since Belgium’s third place match against England on Saturday. Of course, Belgium won, and our star man was spectacular, but his performance isn’t the reason he has been trending; it’s for something far from it.
There have long been rumours that Eden Hazard would be leaving Chelsea to join another club, most likely Real Madrid immediately the World Cup finishes. He never quite confirmed or denied the news until after Belgium’s 2-0 win over England on Saturday. In his words, “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.
“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”
Those comments have triggered fresh speculation our playmaker may well be leaving Stamford Bridge for a different club before the end of the summer.
It is important to note, however, that Hazard has not categorically stated he wants to leave, but even if he did, do we have reason to worry?
The man has helped carry us to the EPL glory a number of occasions, and certainly has been one of our most important players. He is the complete package, and a player any club wouldn’t want to lose. But is he irreplaceable? As important as he is, he certainly isn’t.
If I have learned anything from my many years of following football, it is that no one can be discarded or forgotten. It may take a while, but people move on sooner.
When Robben left Chelsea in 2007, we did miss him a great deal, and when Drogba left in 2012, we didn’t want him to, but after a while, the reality dawned on us, and we adjusted.
If Hazard decided to move on tomorrow, as painful as it would seem, we will get over him soon enough. In fact, I am very sure Chelsea have a plan on ground to manage the situation if it does come to be.
So I am not even bothered about his likely departure because it is going to happen regardless. Understanding and accepting this truth is exactly how we’ll not be surprised when it happens.
Before the man joined, we were a winning and creating side, if he leaves, we can get a replacement, and life goes on at Stamford. Nothing is ever the same; not even football.
We have never been a one-man team, and we shouldn’t start now.