Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness believes Chelsea have a tough road ahead as they face the prospect of losing one of their most influential players in Eden Hazard. The Belgium international has been a crucial performer for the Blues in their Premier League success over the past seven years but he appears on the verge of leaving the club in the summer.
He said: “If you are Hazard, you are one of the best players in the world, and you are thinking I’m now arguably at the peak of my career and I want to be winning the big trophies. Will that happen at Chelsea? I don’t think so. They look like they will struggle to get into the top four. Chelsea have a big decision to make, do they cash in or let him walk in 15 months. It’s difficult times ahead for Chelsea.”
Chelsea have been regularly competing for the Premier League title over the past 15 years but the same kind of competition has been lacking over the past 20 months where the team have been struggling to make the top four. The Blues could yet end the run before the end of the campaign but they are assurances over Hazard’s future beyond the summer.
The Belgian has previously talked up the ambition of joining the reigning European champions and recent reports have indicated that the return to Zinedine Zidane at the helm has further encouraged the desire to do so. Both Hazard and Zidane are understood to be admirers of each other and Los Blancos are deemed to have already made a formal approach to pursue the attacker.