Sadly these days, Eden Michael Hazard is far removed from the world class ability he once showed when he donned the famous Chelsea blue for seven years. Since his dream move to Real Madrid, things have not quite materialized in the way he may have first hoped. Not only has he frequently fallen out of order on numerous occasions with the revolving door in philosophies of both Carlo Ancelotti and club legend Zidine Zindane, but also it seems like for the first time in Hazard’s career his lackadaisical attitude towards preparation before matches and in training may have caught up with him. Despite such a poor attitude to a part of one’s career that is paramount to one’s performance, Hazard has simply failed to recapture the magic that once had many Chelsea supporters mesmerized by his footballing genius.
Hazard was a true servant of Chelsea football club, he transferred from the French club Lille OSC in 2012 following the famous victory Chelsea had over Bayern Munich in Champions League with a memorable tweet that seemingly permanently cemented him in football lore forever. Hazard’s unique blend of size, power, change of direction and whimsical wizardry on the ball to evade defenders and have the vision to create for others quickly made him one of the brightest young players in the most competitive league in the world. Hazard was spoiled with the great minds of ‘The Special One’ in two stints, the brilliant Italian mastermind in Antonio Conte, and the talented tactician Maurizio Sarri.
In a pre-Thomas Tuchel era, Eden Hazard carried his team in every single statistic imaginable. By the time Hazard was finished with his Chelsea career, he amassed 900 dribbles, 93 goals 62 assists, and an impressive win record of 145 wins and less than 50 losses in his entire Chelsea career.
Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid CF board will be eager to recoup something from the massive $100,000,000 price tag they paid in 2019 that included special provisions in place that may have seen the deal rise to $149,000,000. Marina Granovskaia orchestrated the best deal for Chelsea at the time, her ruthless negotiation tactics have afforded her well, and with recent chatter in the Spanish capital over the future of Hazard the Spanish giants will surely look to have the propensity to offload him and secure a return back to west London.
The laborious prospect of this transfer is the depth of the current squad under, despite his status as a club legend, Hazard for the first time in his career will have to prove a manager he once again deserves selection if at all. Chelsea are utterly enriched with the options they have at every single position which would prove difficult for a player who is keen to not see the justification of training nor to the merits of its purpose. Not only does Tuchel have these men prepared to win a potential treble or quadruple, but also this team is poised perfectly to permanently solidify their names in European lore with a dominant run of fixtures that will further nullify its adversaries to any doubt of its superiority.
The winter window will be an utterly mystifying one, will they give in and bring Hazard back? Or, will they continue with the potent team they have, leaving a once auspicious legend to chart a uncertain footballing future on his own?