Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea has been an issue for quite a while now. Ever since the winger claimed that the Blues are best suited to playing counter-attacking football following their defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, there have been reports that Paris Saint-Germain would swoop in and sign the 23-year-old.
Jose Mourinho’s public criticism of Hazard for his comments and for his disinclination to help out his teammates defensively added fuel to fire. Even though Hazard himself has said that he will remain at Stamford Bridge, rumours continue to persist that PSG are monitoring the situation and will make a move later on in the transfer window.
Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has now tried to calm fears over the departure of Hazard by insisting that the Belgium international and manager Mourinho share a very good relationship with each other.
‘The manager and the club know that Eden Hazard is a very talented and good player’, Goal.com quotes the German as saying. ‘I think we should not overestimate these things. Of course statements were published, but I believe Eden is very happy to be with Chelsea and Mourinho is happy to have him. Next season everything will be all right again’.
Of course, Schurrle is going to say that Hazard is happy at Chelsea, and that he will not leave. After all, he is himself a Chelsea player and has been media-trained enough to know what to reveal and what not to.
But it does look unlikely that Chelsea will let their best player go. The Blues recently agreed a deal with PSG for the transfer of David Luiz to the Ligue 1 champions for a whooping £40 million, but the Brazilian is a player who Mourinhon can do without. On the other hand, Hazard is someone who is integral to the team and has been at the club for just two seasons.
However, once a transfer rumour has come into life, it is hard to kill it. Hazard to PSG will remain a topic of conversation among Chelsea fans over the next few months, but as things stand, the former Lille winger is not returning to France.