Antonio Conte warned Chelsea FC have to keep 27-year-old at Stamford Bridge
Ray Wilkins doesn't want to think about the prospect of Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea FC for Real Madrid in the summer
Chelsea FC have to keep Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge amid interest from Real Madrid, Ray Wilkins has warned.
The Belgium international has been Chelsea FC’s best player in an otherwise mixed second season under Italian head coach Antonio Conte.
Hazard has scored 11 times and has made two assists in 21 appearances in the Premier League in the 2017-18 season so far.
The 27-year-old is preparing to enter into negotiations with the defending champions over a new deal with his current contract set to expire in 2019.
Hazard has regularly been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid since inspiring the Blues to the Premier League title in 2015.
The former PFA player of the year won his second Premier League title last term after an impressive return of 16 goals.
Real Madrid have struggled in La Liga this season to prompt talk of los Blancos making an audacious bid to sign Hazard in the summer.
Former Blues midfielder Wilkins warned that Chelsea FC need to keep Hazard given his ability to influence the outcome of games.
“I couldn’t even think of it to be perfectly honest,” Wilkins told Sky Sports. “We’ve got to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge.
“There’s lots of people who pay lots of money to go and watch Chelsea play. You’ve got to keep the best players there and Hazard is one of the best. He’s one of the best in the world.
“Special players who can just change games in a flash – you’ve got [Cristiano] Ronaldo, you’ve got [Lionel] Messi and you’ve got Hazard. He’s a joy to watch.”
Hazard has scored 87 times in 284 games in all competitions since his move to Chelsea FC from French club Lille in 2012.