Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has compared Chelsea star Eden Hazard to club legend Gianfranco Zola.
Drogba and Hazard played together during the Ivorian’s second stint at Stamford Bridge and he believes the Belgian has improved clinically since then.
“He has become more clinical,” Drogba told Goal.
“It comes with age as well. He is very efficient and I am really happy to see that. He is leading the team, carrying the team on his shoulders and he is doing that well.
“He is someone who has got very high expectations of himself and his team-mates because he wants to win.
“Sometimes this pushes you to do a little bit more to do well because you want your team-mates to get to your level. This happens sometimes, but the more he plays in these big games, he reads the game better.”
Drogba also believes Hazard is a Chelsea legend whether he stays at Chelsea or leaves for Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Drogba added: “He is a legend (regardless of what happens), look at what he achieved in six years at the club. He won the league twice, won the FA Cup, won Player of the Year. We are talking about Eden Hazard. Please!
“He brought something that we hadn’t seen for such a long time. The closest I can bring to him if I compare, if I may, is [Gianfranco] Zola. The talent to dribble, to make the difference and dribble one-versus-one. That’s him.”
Drogba also believes it’s important David Luiz and Gary Cahill remain at the club because they are the only players left from Chelsea’s Champions League winning squad.
Drogba told Goal: “(David Luiz) and (Gary) Cahill are really important to this team because they are the last ones who won the Champions League. They are the core of this team. It is not for me to decide
[on a contract renewal]
. It is more down to him and the club to agree on this.”