Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has urged the club to keep hold of Belgium international Eden Hazard in the upcoming transfer window, noting the player’s importance to the side.
Hazard has developed into the undisputed key player at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2012 but his future at the club is clouded by uncertainty.
Reports suggest that Real Madrid are keeping an eye on the Belgian, although he has yet to open up on his long-term career plans.
His current contract at Chelsea runs till 2020, but there are other priorities the club must face presently with regards to its manager, as reports suggest the arrival of Sarri and the departure of Conte. Regardless, Lampard has opined that the club must keep hold of their most prized asset, although he as reluctant to speak on the financial aspect.
“I do not want to say Chelsea should pay him whatever he wants, because I do not know the numbers,”
“But in terms of the player, if you are a Chelsea fan, you want Hazard to stay. He is a world-class player, without a doubt. He is a talisman of the club, because he is magic, when a game is tied, he normally steps up to change things. He can create something out of nothing and I think he is fantastic.
“If you want to keep moving forward, you need to keep players like Hazard if you can and then add to it around him.
“I obviously hope he stays, but in terms of pay, do not ask me… That is for them to deal with.”
Hazard scored 12 goals in 34 Premier League appearances this season but was unable to guide the club to a top-four finish as they had to settle for a fifth-place finish. He also scored the winner that saw Chelsea end up as FA Cup Champions.