“My target is to give everything, and only if we win the trophies will I be relaxed.”
From the tender age of sixteen, Eden Hazard was labelled as the next big thing in football. The Belgian winger has since then consistently delivered in almost every game he has played in.
After making a name for himself in France where he guided Lille to a domestic double, Hazard moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2012 for a reported £32 million.
Since then he has gone on to score 63 goals, averaging a goal every three games, a remarkable statistic for a winger. In the process, he has won the Premier league as well as many individual accolades including the PFA player of the year in the 2014/15 season.
It is not surprising that he has been linked with a move away to a plethora of European giants, with the recent frontrunners for his signature being Real Madrid.
The only club to win back to back Champions League titles, Real Madrid have surprisingly not been at their usual best this season. This is partly due to the fact that their fabled ‘BBC’ trio have failed to deliver the goals. Karim Benzema is being booed by his own fans at the Bernabeu, Gareth Bale has been plagued by injuries and Player of the year Ronaldo looks a shadow of his former self.
Currently languishing closer to the relegation zone than to mid-season pacesetters FC Barcelona, Real’s title dreams are all but over. With a tricky trip to Paris St.Germain in the Champion’s league coming up, their hopes of retaining the UCL trophy looks tough unless changes are made.
Madrid fans all over the world are looking forward to a “Galactico” signing to help them get back to the top and there are few better suited to the title than Hazard.
On the other hand, it has not been plain sailing for Chelsea either. They have never looked like genuine Champion’s League contenders since the historical night in Munich back in 2012. They currently sit 4th in the Premier League and rumors of rifts within the club are growing with Conte repeatedly claiming he is unable to secure the players he wants. A Champion’s League title for Chelsea in the near future seems unlikely. It has been claimed that Hazard might leave West London to secure his hands on the most coveted trophy in club football.
A left winger by trade, Hazard’s style of play has been likened to Lionel Messi. Equally adept at scoring screamers from outside the box and setting up his teammates, it is easy to see that Hazard would be an asset for any top club in Europe. With Real Madrid in the midst of a mini crisis, Hazard could very well be the man to lift them. He can deputise for Ronaldo on the left flank when the Portuguese man is out of sorts, replace Gareth Bale on the right and could also adapt to a number 10 role with the BBC in front of him. Zidane might even experiment with Hazard replacing Benzema in the middle, thanks to his versatility.
Though Hazard’s contract runs until 2020, Real Madrid would not let that stop them. Money has never been an issue for Los Blancos and Club president Fiorentino Perez has been known to get the player he wants. Whether Hazard moves to Madrid or stays at Chelsea this year depends chiefly on himself. Chelsea would receive a very hefty sum if they were to sell him now, which seems preferable rather than letting him leave for a bargain price when he nears the end of his contract.
Hazard himself would do well to move to a genuine Champions League contender where he would be almost assured of a platform for further stardom.