According to reports from Matt Law of The Telegraph, Chelsea are confident that they can fend off interests from Barcelona and Real Madrid for star playmaker Eden Hazard this summer. The report suggests that Chelsea are willing to offer Hazard worth more than £300,000 weekly.
After Hazard’s exploits with Belgium at the just concluded World Cup where he was captain of the side, the Belgian disclosed that he would take some time to consider his future at Stamford Bridge.
“I will go on holiday and ask myself the right questions. After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. For my career, certainly after this World Cup, I’m at a moment where I might change.”
He also cryptically told reporters, “You all know my preferred destination,” with regards to his likely next move.
Law further revealed that Chelsea’s current valuation of the player at £200 million would be a stumbling block to potential suitors. The Belgian was outstanding in the Russia 2018 World Cup and produced performances that have apparently seen his stock rise.
The club wouldn’t also have the time luxury to find a replacement for the player as the summer window closes in about 3 weeks. The Blues will be considering the possibility that they might not be able to have the perfect replacement for the Belgian in the remaining days of the transfer window should they choose to sell him.