Club legend Didier Drogba has urged Eden Hazard to stay at Chelsea and ignored the possibility of leaving for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.
Hazard is considered one of the best forwards in European football. In the 2018-19 season, he has scored 13 goals and made 11 assists in 29 matches in the English Premier League.
According to reports, speculation about Hazard's move from Chelsea to Real Madrid strengthened especially after Zinedine Zidane was re-appointed as Real coach.
Madrid sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer and are yet to really replace him, with Hazard perhaps ideal to come in and play that role in Zinedine Zidane's side.
The French coach will surely be bringing about a major overhaul at the club this summer after returning to the job after ten months away.
Hazard's contract at Chelsea will expire in the summer of 2020 and one year of this remaining period can prompt him to move immediately. However, Drogba, who is also a former Chelsea player, asked the Belgian national team star to stay at the London-based club.
"Why does Hazard have to leave? I think he can have it all with Chelsea. When becoming a player, there are many offers to leave. However, I decided to stay and win the Champions League here." Drogba said.
According to Drogba, Chelsea is a developing club and they need players like Hazard to improve the quality of the team and win the Champions League.
"I would be very happy if Hazard live here. He could make his own story. But, if he finally decides to go to Madrid, good luck for him," Drogba added.
Chelsea are currently in sixth position in the English Premier League standings, three points adrift of the top four, as Arsenal and Manchester United occupy fourth and fifth place respectively.
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