Real Madrid’s next star? Can Chelsea keep hold of their prize asset?

Chelsea’s hard-fought victory over Manchester United moved them within touching distance of their first Premier League title since 2010 as they extended their lead at the top to 10 points with just six games remaining.

Their star man Eden Hazard was once again the difference on Saturday as the Belgian netted the only goal of the game to further strengthen his credentials for the Player of the Year award.

The Belgian has been in scintillating form for the Blues this campaign and having added greater consistency to his game, he is now producing top class performances on a weekly basis that at times have been the difference for his side.

The 24-year-old took his tally for the season to 18 with a neat finish through the legs of David de Gea, an impressive return that means he is now being talked about as one of the world’s best players. But although his improvement and development will please Chelsea no end, there is always a worry particularly with players in the Premier League; that this will ultimately lead to a move abroad.

We’ve seen it time and time again in recent years, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez the three prime examples; that having impressed in England, their respective clubs then find it difficult to hold onto their prized assets as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid strive to bring them to La Liga.

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And with money no object to these clubs they usually get their way thanks to astronomical transfer fees.

For most players nowadays, playing for these two clubs represents the pinnacle of club football and unfortunately for the Premier League, most find it very hard to turn down a move.

Fans of United will no doubt be worried that De Gea could be the next high profile star to make the switch with constant rumours of a move to Madrid, and it surely won’t be long before one of them set their sights on Hazard. This begs the question; can Chelsea keep hold of him should Real come calling?

Hazard is at the best team in England, which as simple as it sounds is the biggest advantage Chelsea have. He’s about to pick up a first league title to go alongside their League Cup success, and with Jose Mourinho at the helm, the Blues are always going to be in contention for a number of trophies during the season.

And despite their disappointing exit in Europe, Chelsea are without a doubt the best equipped side in the Premier League to go on and challenge for the Champions League over the next few seasons. They will more often than not find themselves in the knockout rounds, and recent history has shown us that on their day they can match any of Europe’s big hitters stride for stride thanks to their strength throughout the team.

And then you have the transfers. You just have to look at their dealings last summer to see that they have no problem in attracting the top players to Stamford Bridge, as shown by the signings of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas who have both had a huge impact on the team. Further big name signings are sure to arrive this summer and so Hazard will have no issues with the intent of the club in the transfer market.

The Belgian looks to be enjoying his time at Chelsea and as the star man in attack, has the perfect platform to continue improving for many seasons to come. He will be vital to any further success, and while Mourinho remains in charge it certainly looks like the best club for him for the foreseeable future.

Chelsea fans should be confident they have everything in place to be able to keep hold of their biggest asset and fight off any advances from Real or Barca if forthcoming. And with money now a big factor in football and while Roman Abramovich continues to finance the Blues, Hazard will certainly have no problem regarding his wages as they can certainly match any club in the world when it comes to that.

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