Cesc Fabregas has said that Eden Hazard is ‘one of the best players in the world,’ but warned Chelsea that they may struggle to keep hold of him beyond next summer.
Hazard has long been one of the most talented players in the Premier League, and showcased that talent on Wednesday night by scoring a sublime individual goal to knock Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup.
He was widely rumoured to be on his way out of the Stamford Bridge exit door this summer, with speculation suggesting that he would become the replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. However, Los Blancos never firmed up their interest in the Belgian with an official bid, while Chelsea were adamant that he wasn’t for sale anyway.
His teammate, Cesc Fabregas, has said that while it was the right decision to keep Hazard at the club, his contract situation may mean that they are forced to cash in on him next summer.
“It was an easy decision [not selling Hazard], especially now, because at this stage how much can Eden cost? Not many teams in the world can buy Eden Hazard. He still had two years left on his contract,” Fabregas told the London Evening Standard.
“Next year if he has one year left, that’s a different story. You don’t have as much power as a club. Eden is one of the best players in the world.
“But having two years left, especially how the market is, it’s basically impossible to sign him up. I don’t think it was that hard from the club.”