Chelsea are a revitalised team this season. The struggles of the 2015-16 campaign are far behind them, as under Antonio Conte, the Blues are going strong and have been very consistent throughout the season.
The Blues are running away with the Premier League title, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal all struggling to keep up. There is still a long way to go in the season, but it does look very likely that they will wrap up the championship with a few games to spare.
One of the players who has been instrumental in Chelsea’s rise this season is Eden Hazard. The Belgium international has been scoring goals and creating chances, and is the second favourite to scoop up the PFA Player of the Year award this season, according to 888sport. The attacking midfielder is a reinvigorated figure and has returned to his very best.
It does not come as a surprise that Hazard is being linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. It has been reported that the Spanish giants have already started planning on how to prise the 26-year-old away from Chelsea at the end of the season.
Hazard, who can also operate as a winger, is a world-class player, and Madrid certainly love signing world-class footballers.
Madrid are arguably the biggest club in the world, and one would understand if Hazard were tempted to join them. After all, working with a legend like Zinedine Zidane is a dream for all footballers.
Then there is the lure of playing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. However, Hazard should resist all temptations to make the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Chelsea are a big club in their own right. Over the past 12 or 13 years, they have established themselves as a global superpower. In fact, the Blues have won the Champions League – the same cannot be said of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal.
Hazard is already living in one of the greatest cities on the planet – London – and the fans at Stamford Bridge love him.
Another factor that Hazard should think about is winning the Champions League with Chelsea. The former Lille star has clinched the Premier League, the League Cup and Europa League with the Blues, but he has flattered to deceive in Europe’s biggest club competition.
The Belgian could create only 17 chances in 15 Champions League matches last season and failed to score a single goal. In 2014-15, Hazard scored three goals and created 15 chances in seven Champions League matches.
Back in July 2016, Hazard revealed his desire to win the Premier League and the Player of the Year award with Chelsea. The Belgian could achieve his goal this season, but he should set the bar higher.
Hazard needs to win the Champions League with Chelsea before thinking of leaving Stamford Bridge, or else he would have unfinished business.
Both Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba won the Champions League with Chelsea and gained legendary status. Hazard needs to aspire to that level of greatness.