Former Chelsea midfielder Boudewijn Zenden insists Chelsea star Eden Hazard must leave Chelsea if he is to be considered one of the best in the world.
Hazard has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and the 27-year-old recently admitted he is torn between staying at London and moving to Madrid.
“It will be hard for Chelsea to keep him, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris SaintGermain around,” Zenden told the Mirror.
“He needs a move to Barcelona or Madrid to be up there, classed with the best in the world.
“Yes, he has done it in England. But with that platform of having played for the likes of Barcelona or Real, that is what they look for when they decide the player of the year.”
Zenden doesn’t believe it would be easy for Real Madrid to sign the 27-year-old due to the high prices demanded for top players with French side Paris Saint-Germain signing Neymar from Barcelona for £198million.
However, Zenden believes it’s vital Chelsea keep Hazard.
“If you see Neymar going for £198million, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo around £100m, then he will be up there as one of the biggest fees in history – and he should be,” Zenden added.
“It’s vital for them to keep him. He has incredible quality, he is a happy chap to have around the place, a brilliant professional and good in the dressing room. All in all, he is just a really good guy, as well as being a great player.”
Hazard is in the form of his life since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge and he has scored seven goals in eight Premier League games this season, earning him September’s Player of the Month award.
Hazard is also in the running for this year’s Ballon d’Or award along with Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luka Modric.