Ray Wilkins makes confident Chelsea prediction about Eden Hazard

Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins believes Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea despite transfer speculation

By Dan Betts
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea despite transfer speculation surrounding his future, according to Ray Wilkins.

The Belgian winger has been in great form again this season, prompting top clubs such as Real Madrid to be linked with a potential move for the Blues’ star man.

Hazard has remained loyal to Chelsea in his Premier League career following a move to Stamford Bridge in 2012 despite persistent murmurs of interest from the Spanish giants.

The 26-year-old has insisted that he is happy in west London as long as the defending Premier League champions are challenging for trophies.

And former Chelsea assistant manager Wilkins is confident that Hazard will remain at the title holders despite the lure of Real Madrid.

Wilkins told SportingBet:

“As long as Chelsea are competitive, I don’t think Hazard will leave. He’s in the best city in the world, in the best league in the world and with a club that is always looking to improve.”

Wilkins did touch on the lure of Real Madrid, but said as long as Chelsea are in the hunt for trophies then Hazard will be happy.

“Of course Real Madrid can attract any player, because of their history, but Chelsea is also a very attractive place to be and the club is always in the hunt for major trophies – so I don’t see the urge for him to leave,” Wilkins added.

Hazard has been one of the reasons for Chelsea staying in the hunt for the title this season.

He has scored five goals in 12 Premier League appearances so far following his double in a 3-1 win against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea are in the top four, but Wilkins has warned Chelsea need to stay there if they want to hold onto their top players, and that certainly includes Hazard.

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