Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has admitted that he is concerned that Eden Hazard will push for a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Despite the Blues finishing the season by lifting the FA Cup it was the for the most part a torrid season for the London club, as they slipped to a fifth placed finish in the Premier League and missed out on qualification for the Champions League next season.
Although his side has struggled this season Hazard has maintained his form, netting an impressive 17 goals and providing 7 assists in all competition.
The Belgium international has proven himself to be one of Europe’s top attacking talents since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2012 and has always insisted that he is happy with life in London.
However, Gudjohnsen believes a combination of the uncertainty over who will be Chelsea manager next year and a lack of Champions League football may make it difficult for the club to persuade Hazard to commit his long term future to the club.
“I’m afraid, I’m afraid maybe not, but from what I understand he seems very happy,” he told Omnisport.
“He wants to know where Chelsea are going, what direction, which coach is coming, whether Conte is staying or someone else.
“A lot will depend on how Chelsea present the future to him to convince him that he should be there for a long time.
“Even winning the FA Cup, which is a wonderful day for the fans, a trophy with a lot of history, but for Chelsea not to qualify for the Champions League or not be in the top four is always a disappointment. No matter how you look at it.”
Hazard’s current deal expires at the end of next season and he is currently stalling on signing a new deal, amid interest from Real Madrid.
One option that has been mooted in recent days is the possibility of sensational swap deal involving him and Real superstar Gareth Bale.