Eden Hazard to Real Madrid has been one of the most publicised and talked about transfers of the summer. And it actually dates back to two or three seasons ago. The comments recently credited to the Belgian further fuelled those speculations, but there are strong indications that he may not be on his way out of Chelsea just yet.
The very first reason Hazard to Madrid doesn’t seem possible at the moment is because he’s bound to Chelsea for two more years. A contract is a contract, and he has to respect it to the latter, and can only leave if the club wishes to let it happen. But that is not very likely considering he’s very important to the club. Roman Abramovich has never been the type to make a player stay against their wish, but this may be the exception.
The other reason is that Chelsea just appointed a new coach. No new coach wants to take over a team, and immediately start to lose key players; it’s hard to see Sarri being the odd one out. The man will look to keep every top player, and perhaps, start offloading from his second season in charge. If anything, what he needs more now is to sign more important legs, as we fight to reclaim our place in Europe.
Hazard’s famous comments about going to Spain is probably being blown out of proportion if you asked me because he didn’t categorically state he wanted to leave, and it’s funny people are drawing conclusions based on that.
The typical footballer gets to a point in their life when they pass through this phase – even Lionel Messi did, and now, he’s still at Barcelona.
Hazard has always reiterated his love and respect for Chelsea, and I don’t think that has changed. Perhaps, the club’s management need to remind him why he’s special, and things will take a different shape. Oh, and I’m sure that by the time he resumes at Cobham, he’ll feel home with Chelsea again.