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Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea has been the object of debate since the start of the season, with Real Madrid keen on the Belgian superstar whom they’ve been chasing for years.
Hazard will have one year left on his contract at the end of next season, and the 28-year-old is yet to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard has refused to open up where he will play his football next season, but reports strongly suggest that he’s already bent on moving to the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle thinks it’s time for Hazard to leave and fulfill his potential at Madrid, but admits that the Premier League will miss such a calibre of player.
“I think Chelsea will get into the Champions League, whether Hazard will be there with them… I feel it might be the right time for him personally, not for Chelsea or the Premier League, but for him to go to Real Madrid if that offer is there on the table for him,” Hoddle told TSN.
“He deserves to play in that team. They’ve got a re-build going on as well. I personally would love to see him play in the Premier League but I’ve got a feeling he might move. Chelsea, at the moment, there’s something missing but without Hazard in the team and all the hope [goes].
“The only player who was really dangerous for Chelsea when they weren’t playing so well and Manchester United were on top, was Hazard.
“Hazard was doing everything he normally does, he looks sharp, he was beating players, every time he had the ball something was going to happen.
“You take him away from that team at the moment you’ve got a massive hole to fill. ‘Can you fill it? Probably not. And it’s a real big concern for Chelsea at the moment.
“And that’s where I think they are at as a club, they’re at a crossroads. ‘With their owner, the new stadium not coming, there’s a lot of players coming to the end of their contracts, the transfer embargo as well.
“All these things are not positive. The main thing they’ve got to do is switch off from that, win their last two games, get into that top four, or win the Europa League, they are still in a good position to win that. But I think they’ll end up in fourth spot.”