Eden Hazard hasn’t had the best few seasons at Stamford Bridge but his decision to stay with the Blues for another season at least shows class and maturity. The 26-year-old joined from Lille in the later part of 2012 following Chelsea’s triumph in the UEFA Champions League.
Under the management of Benetiz and Mourinho, Hazard played seamlessly alongside players Juan Mata and Oscar; where Hazard is the only survivor of the diamond trio. Hazard’s most recent season showed signs of promise and he looked revitalised under Conte’s management; scoring 16 goals from 36 appearances in the Premier League, a four-fold improvement on the previous season.
The adaptable Belgian international has sparked interest from Spanish giants, Real Madrid. Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane fancied Hazard to feature in his squad for the forthcoming season to inject a faster pace to proceedings across Spain.
Having primarily played his career at Chelsea on the left wing, Hazard is able to assert the centre-forward role and play in a 4-4-1-1 to help out a slower paced striker. For this reason, one can see Zidane’s interest.
Additionally, Hazard has always been a pleasure to watch in terms of his movements; you can blink and he’ll be chasing the ball two-thirds way down the pitch. His shimmy, tricks and finesse wows the crowd and perplexes the opponents, a pure class act that has rejuvenated in the last season; to many Chelsea fans relief.
Finishing the season with a fractured ankle, Hazard has only removed the cast in the last few days.
This could be considered as a reason for Hazard’s declination of Zidane’s offer to move to the Spanish capital.
Although he has not ruled out an eventual move to the continent, the morale at Chelsea seems to be on the rise as Conte tries to remove dead wood from the team.