Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes Chelsea’s number one priority this summer should be secure the future of star attacker Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international is currently stalling a new contract at Stamford Bridge amid interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City. Shearer is a big fan of Hazards and thinks the 27-year-old has the ability to become the best player in the world.
“Whatever happens next with Antonio Conte, Chelsea need to sort out Eden Hazard’s future too – and try to convince him to stay at the club.
“The Belgium forward has got two years left on his contract but he knows that if he wants to leave, he can do.
“Real Madrid and Manchester City are supposedly interested, and understandably so. He showed again he is a game-changer with his winner in the FA Cup final on Saturday and he is good enough to go wherever he wants to.
“When Chelsea won the Premier League under Jose Mourinho in 2015, Hazard was voted the PFA Player of the Year and I felt he had the potential to go on and become the best player in the world.
“That can still happen. At 27, this is a big World Cup for him and if he wants to showcase his abilities to get a move then he has got the perfect stage, because there is no bigger or better place.
“He has not been as effective this season for Chelsea as he was last year – but none of the Blues players have been.
“Hazard was still the one who did something special to beat Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday and now he has a great opportunity to make a real impact in Russia this summer too.”
Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 and has proved himself to be one of the most talented forward players in European football, winning two Premier League titles and the PFA Player of the Year award in 2014/2015 during his time in English football.