Azpilicueta names the active Chelsea player he'd love back at the club

'Special connection': Cesar Azpilicueta names the one active former Chelsea player he'd love back at the club

Cesar Azpilicueta has selected Eden Hazard as the one active former Chelsea star he’d like to re-join the team.

Azpilicueta was asked which ex-Stamford Bridge centurion he’d bring back to the club during a Q&A session on the 5th Stand.

This is like picking your favourite child; it’s almost impossible!

The list of iconic names that have pulled on the blue shirt stretches almost as far as the eye can see.

Stamford Bridge has been fortunate enough to witness some of the finest Premier League performers in their pomp.

Whilst this current patch certainly possess the capabilities to become Chelsea legends, they still have some way to go before reaching the levels of their predecessors.

Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Claude Makelele; do we need to go on?

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Azpiliuceta would like Hazard return

All were the very best at what they did and Azpilicueta was lucky enough to share a pitch with almost every single one of them.

However, the Spanish defender opted for a modern choice when requested to revive a singular player no longer part of the Chelsea pack.

“That’s not my job! I enjoy lots of moments with a lot of players, some are retired now and some still active, but for me it was special to arrive in the dressing room and be with Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole,” said the club captain.

“But I had a special connection with Eden Hazard. We arrived together, we shared a lot of things outside.

“Our kids went to school together. So because of our relationship, I would say Eden. He is a good friend, a legend here and he made us very happy.”

Enjoying Eden for what he was

Both Azpilicueta and Hazard arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2012 and went on to achieve greatness in their own right.

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Whilst the current skipper has worked tirelessly throughout his decade-long service, the latter left behind his magic wand when he set sail for Real Madrid in 2019.

Hazard truly was one of a kind when he represented the Blues; he is now sadly just another wasted talent struggling in Spain.

But followers of the once-brilliant turned brittle Belgian will always remember him at the peak of his powers.

Few could stop the 31-year-old in full flight, with opponents often left twisted and turned by his twinkling toes.

The 2014/15 campaign was particularly special for Hazard, who won the Premier League Player of the Season, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, Chelsea’s Player of the Year, Chelsea’s Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year.

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His CV includes endless other accolades, ones that have faded away since that fated move to Madrid.

Whilst it would be unwise to save Eden and return him to Chelsea, he will always be welcome here.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."