There is no doubt that Eden Hazard has developed himself into one of the best footballers of his generation since arriving at the Blues in 2012. During his time at Stamford Bridge, Hazard has managed to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Europa League. He is also a three-time Chelsea Player of the Year.
Chelsea will, however, need to ensure they win things this season or there is a chance that they could end up losing the Belgian ace this summer. The West London giants have been rocked by instability in recent years and have also struggled to launch credible challenges for the Champions League since they won the competition back in 2012, just before Hazard joined. Hazard is now at the peak of his career and it would be hard to fault him for wanting to join a club that regularly challenges for Champions League glory if an offer were to come through.
Before Hazard joined Chelsea, he had already been a known player who made a name for himself with French outfit Lille. He helped the side to win the Ligue 1 title during the 2010-11 season. Now veteran Stoke City striker turned pundit Peter Crouch has spoken about what he heard about Hazard before the player ended up joining Chelsea.
The former Liverpool and Tottenham star wrote in the Daily Mail: “Joe Cole was excited when we spoke. It was the autumn of 2011 and he was on a season long-loan at Lille. There was something he’d said to me.
“‘This kid,’ he said, ‘is the best player I have played with — ever. He’s got the potential to be the best I have ever seen.’ Joe was talking about a lad called Eden Hazard but I didn’t know much about the French league and hadn’t heard of him. I didn’t give it much thought.
“I knew as soon as I saw Hazard play for Chelsea in 2012 that he was special and now he is operating at the peak of his powers. He is absolutely one of the best in the world.”