In Focus: Battle to keep Hazard could define Chelsea’s standing in Europe

According to Spanish outlet MarcaChelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is keen on a move to Real Madrid and club owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly working on a strategy to convince him to stay.

What’s the word?

The Belgian is said to have come close to moving to the Spanish capital last summer, though the poor season the Blues endured last time out is thought to have scuppered a deal. Still, the 25-year-old is understood to have an interest in the notion of joining Los Blancos. 

With that in mind, Marca go on to claim Abramovich is willing to put €200m into new players over the course of the summer, though big Premier League players in the past have found it difficult to reject moves to La Liga.

Chelsea are believed to have entered a peace pact with Hazard last year to keep him, one that could see a move happen this summer, with general manager Marina Granovskaia understood to be working on a way to not enter negotiations.

How big a loss could this be for Chelsea?

Hazard has largely recovered from a dismal campaign last time out, one that saw him score just 4 goals and record three assists in the Premier League. Undoubtedly one of the elite players plying his trade in Europe, the former Lille man is once again embarking on the upward trajectory he set himself on during the 2014/15 season.

Clearly, potentially losing a player who has provided 11 goals and four assists this season would have a negative impact on the squad. However, seeing Hazard leave for Spain would have negatives far beyond simply what he offers on the pitch.

Sky Sports’ La Liga expert has previously revealed Los Blancos do see the Belgium star as a player in the ‘Galactico’ mould, indicative of his standing in the game.

One of a few players who operate in the clutch behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the 25-year-old gives Chelsea a talisman both on and off the pitch. With Diego Costa’s future also up in the air, the notion of seeing the Blues without either next season should be very worrying indeed.

Could they replace him?

Well, considering the money available to clubs like Chelsea, it’s not out of the realms of possibility to see them replace Hazard. However, the likes of James Rodriquez (a player struggling to get a game with Real) have been mentioned and seeing the two swap clubs would only further La Liga’s dominance of Europe.

If they are allowed to swap an outcast with one of the best players in the Premier League, what kind of message does that send out?

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