Chelsea’s play-maker, Eden Hazard has been urged to quit the Stamford Bridge outfit for Real Madrid this summer by his coach at the national team, Roberto Martinez.
Eden and Martinez
While speaking in an interview with Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser, Belgium head coach, Roberto Martinez, said that Eden Hazard should consider leaving Chelsea in order to further his career.
“Players need new challenges and new projects. Perhaps it’s a good time for Chelsea and for Eden to split. I would be very surprised if Chelsea didn’t have big offers for him right now,” Martinez said.
However, the Stamford Bridge management are optimistic that neither the Real Madrid nor FC Barcelona will meet their £200million valuation of their prize asset, who still has 24-months left on his present deal with Chelsea.
“It could be the best time [for Hazard] to try something different. He is a player who has maturity and a lot of leadership. His play is based on talent.
“Hazard could carry a new project anywhere in the world. He is at the best moment of his career. He could fit in any team in the world,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are willing to let Thibaut Courtois leave Stamford Bridge but have told Eden Hazard that he is not for sale, according to Sky Sports La Liga expert, Guillem Balague.
Reports in Belgian newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws suggest Real Madrid have offered €170m (£150m) for Hazard and €55m (£48.5m) for Courtois.
However, Balague believes no bid will be forthcoming from Real unless Chelsea change their mind and Hazard is given permission to leave.