Former Arsenal and England central defender Martin Keown has suggested there is absolutely no way Chelsea will allow Eden Hazard to leave the club.
The Belgian star has been linked with a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with reports suggesting that Laurent Blanc’s side are happy to pay upwards of £50 million to push the deal through.
However, Keown has suggested Chelsea have no need to sell Hazard because of the initial investments Roman Abramovich first made when he came in and bought the club.
“It doesn't happen from a financial point of view with Chelsea. If you look at when Abramovich came here in the early 2000s they spent big from the off. When people have that amount of money, even with this FFP that's come in, they let Mata go because they didn't believe in him enough,” he said on the Daily Mail website.
It’s a perfectly valid point and boss Jose Mourinho said at the time of Mata’s transfer to Manchester United, they allowed the deal to happen because of the opportunity it presented to the player, not the money it meant they would be receiving.
Hazard has been a world class performer for Chelsea so far this season and he’s started to produce more consistent man of the match performances in recent weeks, which have made a difference in big games.
He was one of Chelsea’s best players as they became the first side to win at Manchester City earlier this week, simply adding to the list of reasons they would be made to let him leave.
“The money helped balance the books. Hazard is now proving to be one of the best players in the Premier League. There's no way a team with that kind of financial muscle allows him to leave,” he added.
Expect there to be plenty of speculation but with Hazard’s current deal expiring in 2017, it’s going to take a potential world record fee to force him away from Stamford Bridge.
His 24 appearances in the Premier League this season have produced nine goals and seven assists and there will be plenty more to come, potentially in a title winning campaign.
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