Eden Hazard must consider his own happiness when he weighs up his options ahead of the summer as Real Madrid reportedly close in on the Belgian superstar, according to former Chelsea winger Clive Walker.
Hazard has just over a year left on his current deal at the west London club and a fresh contract currently on the table has been left unsigned by the forward. While the Belgium international has already revealed he has made a decision on his long-term future last month, he is yet to make it public, fueling speculation about a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Multiple times the 28-year-old have professed his dream of playing for the La Liga stalwarts and rumours about a possible transfer have only intensified after Zinedine Zidane, whom Hazard considers as his childhood idol, takes over the Santiago Bernabeu helm for a second time.
Yet Walker thinks Hazard should resist the urge to make his dream move to the Spanish capital, saying the 28-year-old must consider his happiness as he is already settled in London.
“He’s been our talisman, he’s been excellent over the time he’s been at the football club,” said the former Blues winger. “He’s a pleasure to watch. He’s an all-round nice guy. It will be a severe loss to Chelsea to lose him if he did go.
In some respects, being an ex-player, I understand why he would want to go but he seems very happy at Chelsea and I think happiness goes a long way when you reflect back on your career. Hopefully we’ll keep him for a few more years yet.”
Hazard’s decision would have a massive impact on the west London side as they are currently banned from making signings in the next two consecutive transfer windows by FIFA for breaching rules regarding the signing of under-aged players.