There has been much speculation in the newspapers suggesting that Eden Hazard may well be set to leave Chelsea.
The brilliant Belgian has been instrumental in Chelsea establishing a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. With fourteen goals and five assists to his name, he has arguably been Chelsea’s player of the season.
Only Diego Costa has more goals than Hazard this season for the Blues. Hazard has been in sensational form all campaign, looking nearly unplayable at times. Fitter, sharper, and playing with confidence again, the Belgian looks to be single-handedly driving Chelsea’s title charge in the wake of a late Tottenham surge.
Just days after Frank Lampard called him the best player in England, it has been reported that the Belgian could be set to swap London for the Spanish capital. Real Madrid are the alleged potential suitors, and have been given a considerable war chest to ensure that Chelsea’s star man is decked out in all-white next season.
Hazard played a starring role in Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday. Having scored twice in the midweek defeat of Manchester City, Hazard was again on the scoresheet at the Vitality Stadium. Much like in the 2014/15 season, it seems as if a late Hazard goal surge is set to fire Chelsea to the Premier League title.
Bookmakers have certainly slashed odds on Hazard leaving the champions-elect, with several prominent sports-betting sites suggesting that the former Lille man could be set to join the likely La Liga champions.
That is in spite of what looks like an inevitable return to the Champions League for Chelsea, who have had a European hiatus following a dismal 2015/16 season. Hazard himself was in poor form throughout the previous campaign, but, along with his team-mates, has completely reversed things under Antonio Conte.
Under Conte, Hazard has a lot more freedom to express himself creatively, but the allure of playing alongside some of European football’s biggest names could be an attraction for Hazard. And Real, with unparalleled European Cup pedigree, may offer Hazard a more likely route towards Champions League success in the foreseeable future.
Having played nearly 250 games for the Blues, Hazard is surely amongst the finest players in the club’s history.
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