As speculation continues to mount over a potential move, it’s important to remember that Chelsea doesn’t need to sell Eden Hazard.
With a £200m bid being prepped by Real Madrid, many believe Chelsea will accept. Players from the Premier League have made the move to La Liga in the past as “natural progression” called.
However, Chelsea must remember that there’s no need for them to sell their star-man.
Hazard remains the go-to guy in Chelsea’s team for creativity. His value on the side is unreachable in terms of transfer fees.
Chelsea needs to keep this in mind when Madrid do eventually come calling.
Interest in the Belgium superstar is only natural, and this is the moment the Blues will have been dreading for quite some time.
Yet, it is Maurizio Sarri’s side who hold all the aces in negotiations. Operating as a mega-rich club, Chelsea certainly doesn’t need Madrid’s millions.
It’s also worth noting that Hazard’s contract still runs for another two and a half years. Chelsea ultimately doesn’t need to sell.
How Hazard sees his future panning out remains the key to negotiations, however. It’s too easy for players to down tools for their clubs and force moves through.
Hazard, however, has been long-standing in his commitment to the club – consistently confirming his happiness in London. However, he’s also spoken in the past of wanting to play for Real and that it would be a “dream”.
The 27-year-old doesn’t care for speculation though. For the simple fact is that he loves playing football, regardless of where it is.
With Sarri confident of securing a new contract for the winger, there’s clear confidence from the manager that Hazard is a happy camper.
This all bodes well for the club ahead of the transfer deadline on August 31st.
So despite initially baulking at £200m, Chelsea fans should be safe in the knowledge that keeping their star attacker is quite simply just down to them in the end.