Didier Drogba has hailed Eden Hazard as a Chelsea ‘legend’, even if the Belgian leaves the club this summer.
Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, having spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Lille in 2o12.
Former Chelsea striker Drogba, who won four Premier League titles over two spells with the club, admits the 28-year-old will be remembered as a club great regardless of whether he leaves in the coming transfer window.
“He is a legend [regardless of what happens], look at what he achieved in six years at the club,’’ Drogba told Goal.
“He won the league twice, won the FA Cup, won Player of the Year. We are talking about Eden Hazard. Please!
“He brought something that we hadn’t seen for such a long time. The closest I can bring to him if I compare, if I may, is [Gianfranco] Zola. The talent to dribble, to make the difference and dribble one-versus-one. That’s him.”
“He has become more clinical.
“It comes with age as well. He is very efficient and I am really happy to see that. He is leading the team, carrying the team on his shoulders and he is doing that well.
“He is someone who has got very high expectations of himself and his team-mates because he wants to win. Sometimes this pushes you to do a little bit more to do well because you want your team-mates to get to your level.
“This happens sometimes, but the more he plays in these big games, he reads the game better.”