Before the transfer rumors could even start, PFA Player of the Year 2014/15 Eden Hazard was linked to a move to Real Madrid where he would train under his idol Zinedine Zine but ex Chelsea player, Joe Cole in an interview with Goal at Tampa Museum of Art on 22nd June 2017 has told Chelsea to hold on to him because he is irreplaceable.
“He is fantastic. He is one of the top Players in the World. It’s a shame he got injury with Belgium but the speculations that was coming [about his move to Real Madrid]; on a selfish point of view for Chelsea, it might mean that we can keep hold of him for another year” Joe Cole told Goal.
Eden Hazard picked up an injury while with Belgium on international duty and the player underwent a surgery which he later posted on Instagram that he was recovering gradually from. After his injury, speculations about his move to Real Madrid has died out. Cole thinks the injury is a blessing in disguise for Chelsea.
“For me, he is the best player at the Club. I think he is the best player in the league. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He would be very expensive to replace. I don’t know where you could go to replace him. Eden Hazard is a leader in the dressing room.
“He is also very liked in the dressing room. People around the club like him and he appears to have settled very well… He is an established player, a match winner so it’s very important that the club keeps hold of him” Joe Cole praised the Belgium international”.
Eden Hazard has etched his name in the hearts of Chelsea fans the way that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have done with their respective clubs and for him to leave would be very bad for the Club. The 2 times Chelsea Player of the Year has cemented his place in the squad with his quick feet and splendid attacking skills.
“I remember he also had a choice of many clubs to go to, I said Chelsea was the right place for him [while at Lille]. It was a transitional time plus living in London is big for foreign players particularly the lads from Belgium, with the train going to Belgium.
“When you are a young lad with a young Family as well, I think it was the right fit for him. If he stays at Chelsea, he will go in to be the best player in the Clubs’ history. I stand by that” Cole added.
Eden Hazard has expressed his desire to win the Ballon D’or and if he stays at the club and improve the more he will eventually win the prestigious award. Chelsea needs him especially now that they have to defend the Premier League title and also work hard to win the Champions League.