Eden Hazard has had a good 2018, and the Belgian has been hailed for his stunning form since the World Cup.
Hazard was among the best players in the World Cup during the summer, and the 27-year-old is also enjoying a prolific season with the Blues this term.
For some years now, Hazard’s Chelsea future has been in doubt, as he has openly declared that he’s interested in a move to Real Madrid while also hinting that he might remain at Chelsea.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has hailed Hazard as one of the best five players in the world, but he doesn’t think the Belgian will remain at Chelsea beyond this season.
Asked if he thinks Hazard has already made a final decision over his future, Merson told Sky Sports: “I would say yes.
“I would say yes because when you’re talking like that it’s just leaving the door open.
“I think he will play and enjoy his football like he is at the moment. He is the best player in the Premier League in my opinion.
“I think he’s the only player in the league who can get the ball on the halfway line and beat three players and score on a consistent basis.
“He’s up there in the top five in the world of football.
“Real Madrid, I think when they come knocking, or even Barcelona because I don’t think [Ousmane] Dembele has really done it, I think he will be on his way.
“As a Chelsea fan I just don’t think you could knock him if he went.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has urged the Chelsea board to sort out Eden Hazard’s future once and for all.
Chelsea are desperate to keep Hazard and are prepared to pay him in excess of £300,000 per week but it is believed Hazard wants to ensure Chelsea finishes in Champions League places and wants to see progress from the club in the transfer market before signing a new contract.
Asked if he will sit down with Hazard to thrash out his future, Sarri said: “I don’t know but I think it is time to decide.
“I have not the power to do this. I am the coach. I am not the president and not in charge of the market. I only speak to him about the position on the pitch. I think we have to solve the problem if we want to programme the future.”