When Real Madrid go after a player they usually get him.
Well, that’s the general perception and right now one of the Los Blancos’ biggest transfer target is Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. The Belgian playmaker has been a subject of great interest from Zinedine Zidane and if reports are to be believed then the Madrid coach has made Hazard his biggest transfer target for next summer.
But according to former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins, the Blues just might persuade Hazard to stay at Stamford Bridge. While speaking to Sportingbet(as reported by the Daily Star), Wilkins feels that Chelsea will be able to retain the ‘electrifying’ player until they are competitive and keen challenge for big honours.
Wilkins said in the interview, “I think he’s just trying to get the ball more.
“Naturally attacking players, when they aren’t getting the ball, look to drop deeper to get it.
“You can’t do anything about footballers wanting to drop back deeper to receive the ball.
“He needs to be on the ball more, he’s electrifying and as soon as the ball touches his feet, the whole of Stamford Bridge comes alive.As long as Chelsea are competitive, I don’t think Hazard will leave.
“He’s in the best city in the world, in the best league in the world and with a club that is always looking to improve. Of course, Real Madrid can attract any player, because of their history, but Chelsea is also a very attractive place to be and the club is always in the hunt for major trophies – so I don’t see the urge for him to leave.
“If Chelsea don’t make the Champions League, players like Hazard will disappear though.”
Chelsea are currently in third place on the league table – 11 points behind Manchester City and their title defence hopes are practically over. Now their biggest focus of the season should be to secure that famed Champions League spot and come back stronger next season.