Gianfranco Zola opens up about Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea FC

The Chelsea FC assistant manager discusses Eden Hazard's future at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Gianfranco Zola is optimistic that Eden Hazard will remain at Chelsea FC despite the Belgian forward being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea FC have been forced to contend with relentless speculation linking the Blues star with a move to the Champions League holders over the past few seasons.

The speculation has only intensified since Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Serie A giants Juventus from Real Madrid in the 2018 summer transfer window, leaving a void in los Blancos’ team.

Hazard scored one goal and made an assist in Chelsea FC’s 2-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at Amex Stadium last week.

The 27-year-old has scored eight goals and has made nine assists in 16 games in the Premier League this season to hit the ground running under Maurizio Sarri.

Former Chelsea FC striker Zola, who is currently working as Sarri’s assistant manager, opened up about his desire to see Hazard remain at Stamford Bridge in the long term.

“He is certainly one of the players who has given this club a lot of satisfaction,” Zola told his post-match media conference after Chelsea FC’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday night.

“Considering he is only 27, hopefully he will stay longer with us and become even bigger.

“I am really looking forward to seeing Eden achieving great things with the club, and to help us coaches achieve something important.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on the possibility of playing Champions League football in the current campaign.

The Blues are in fourth place in the table and three points ahead of Arsenal in what promises to be a competitive race to secure a Champions League spot this term.

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