With the Belgium international forward being constantly linked with a summer switch to Real Madrid, former Chelsea manager, Glen Hoddle has stated his support for a big-money move by the club’s No. 10.
According to Hoddle, Eden Hazard deserves to play for Real Madrid and he made the Chelsea talisman know it “may be the right time” for a change of club in his career.
Speaking with TSN, Hoddle, a former Chelsea player, and manager said: “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.
“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].
“You take him away from that team at the moment and 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.”
Chelsea sits fourth in the Premier League at present, two points clear of London rivals Arsenal, but are about to turn their attention to a semi-final date with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.