Former Chelsea star Michael Essien believes Eden Hazard would find it hard to ignore the advances from Real Madrid, should they come calling for his services next year. The Belgium international has just 18 months remaining on his existing deal with the Blues and this has seemingly increased speculation regarding his future with a contract renewal far from happening.
Essien said: “He’s been playing in the Premier League very well and looks fantastic at the moment. Hazard is one of the best players in the world. The interest of Real Madrid, I only hear from people in the media. But I mean when Real Madrid come calling… every player would love to play for them. He’s happy at Chelsea though and hopefully we can keep him.”
Hazard was touted for a potential switch to the European champions during the summer but the move never materialised with Los Blancos barely expressing their interest while the attacker was likewise tempted to stay put after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at the helm. Since then, he has flourished in the Blues’ shirt with nine goals and eight assists in the Premier League alone but that has not quite enhanced the club’s title prospects.
Barring Hazard, much of the frontline has struggled to score regularly and this lack of consistency sees the Blues fighting for the final Champions League spot instead. The Blues are presently clinging on to the fourth position ahead of Arsenal on goal difference after they suffered a damaging 1-0 defeat to Leicester City at the Bridge last weekend.