Talk of Eden Hazard’s contract situation at Chelsea has been on the front burner of discussions over the past few months. The Belgian has only two years remaining until his current contract expires, and while the club tried to get him to sign the dotted lines, and extend his stay at the club he chose over Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in 2012, he has chosen not to…at least, for now, but I don’t see things staying that way for much longer.
Hazard isn’t the type of player to run from club to club; in fact, most footballers aren’t. They all want somewhere that feels like home – where they are lived and adored. Hazard knows he is the best individual player Chelsea has had since Didier Drogba’s heydays, and he knows the fans love him for it.
Despite the appeal that the likes of Real Madrid pose, Hazard has never quite demanded a move to Spain or any other league because he loves it at Stamford Bridge. Even when rumors reached an all time climax that he was going to leave after the World Cup, he didn’t.
Hazard did hint he might leave, but he also gave a condition in which it would happen. When last season ended, the Belgian said he would only make a decision on his future depending on what happened at Chelsea within the summer transfer window. I personally think he has been impressed with what he has seen, and that’s the reason he decided to stay put. He sees hope of a better Chelsea side being reassembled by Maurizio Sarri, and he knows it can only get better from here.
As long as Chelsea continue their resurgence under Sarri, and the working relationship between manager and players doesn’t deteriorate like in Conte’s days, there will not be any reason for Hazard to leave. The only reason he’ll leave is if Chelsea spirals again.
Look at clubs like Manchester City and Barcelona. You don’t have their big names trying to leave; and that’s because they have a functional and balanced system. Chelsea need to put that in place if we are to truly hold on to our best players, and attract the like. Every footballer likes success and happiness; if they find it, they never want to go.