Chris Sutton demands Chelsea FC make statement of intent with Eden Hazard
The Chelsea FC legend wants the defending Premier League champions to sort out Eden Hazard's future
Chris Sutton has demanded that Chelsea FC make a statement of intent by tying down Eden Hazard to a new long-term contract.
The Belgium international has been linked with a potential move to Real Madrid in recent months, although los Blancos have long been touted as interested in the Chelsea FC number 10.
Hazard was unable to help Chelsea FC avoid a 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday night.
The 27-year-old was left disappointed in his pursuit of a Champions League winner’s medal after Hazard moved to Stamford Bridge in the months after their penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in 2012.
Hazard has 18 months left to run on his current Chelsea FC deal to prompt talk of possible negotiations between the west London club and the Belgian forward over a new long-term contract.
Former Blues striker Sutton wants Chelsea FC to resolve Hazard’s future to underline their desire to compete for silverware in the coming seasons and avoid an exodus at Stamford Bridge this summer.
“Chelsea are at an interesting stage,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“They are at a crossroads.
“Is Conte going to stay? Is Hazard going to stay? Chelsea need to make a statement and really gun for Hazard to stay show they are serious about competing in the Premier League.”
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term after finishing seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.