Eden Hazard’s future has been up in the media for some months now, with rumours strongly claiming that the Belgian is on his way to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Hazard has been extraordinary for Chelsea this season and has carried the team so far for the past few years, especially this year, that’s been his best individual season at the club. Hazard has 16 league goals to his name this season, and Hazard’s two assists against Watford took him to 15 assists in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the big five European Leagues.
Former Liverpool forward John Barnes has told Chelsea that it is time to “get away from Eden Hazard” as the Reds did with Philippe Coutinho.
The United legend told beIN Sports: “I think they need to get away from Eden Hazard.
“I think Liverpool, when Coutinho left, they were a much better team.
“I think Hazard influences the team so much that anywhere he goes you have to give him the ball.
“They’ve got good players and they can’t show their worth.”
Barnes added: “When Coutinho left, as much as he was the best player, the team became a better team.
“And I think Hazard dominates that team so much that every time they get the ball they have to give it to him.
“I think they’ve got to get away from Hazard because they’ve got good players, like Willian and Pedro.
“But they’re not able to show what they can do because it’s all about Hazard.”
A set of Chelsea fans caught up with Hazard while he was driving to his Surrey home and some supporters were heard shouting: “Stay at Chelsea bro”.
However, Hazard appeared to shake his head before letting out a wry smile and driving off.