The 28-year-old’s situation at Chelsea FC has been a constant source of speculation in recent weeks amid reports linking him with a summer move to Real Madrid.
Hazard has long been touted as a target for the Spanish giants and it remains to be seen whether the La Liga outfit will make an official move to try and sign him this summer.
The Belgian’s current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of next season, and that means Chelsea FC could look to cash-in this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing next year.
And Hasselbaink feels that it is the player himself who will end up having the final say on his future this summer.
Speaking in an interview with bwin, Hasselbaink said: “I think the ball is entirely in Hazard’s court whether he will still be a Chelsea player next season.
“Chelsea have done everything they can to show that they love him and want him to stay, but he has one year left on his contract and he is in a controlling position to negotiate.
“I know that Hazard and his family are happy in London, but the lure of playing for Real Madrid may prove too strong.
“Chelsea cannot afford to allow Hazard to leave the club for free so he will either sign a new contract or be sold this summer. Hazard is a £100m asset, a £150m asset if he had another year on his contract, and Chelsea have a responsibility to not ignore that type of money.
“Hazard has been a great servant to Chelsea and the club will decide to honour his wishes by allowing him to leave if he doesn’t sign a new contract.”
Chelsea FC are currently preparing for their trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool FC on Sunday afternoon.
Hazard has been in fine form for the Blues this season and has scored 16 goals and made 12 assists in the Premier League to help them challenge for Champions League qualification.
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