Michael Ballack has urged Chelsea to keep hold of Eden Hazar and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
There has been a lot of speculation in the media over the past few month which have suggested that Hazard will be looking to leave the club at the end of the season to join Spanish giants Real Madrid, while Hudson-Odoi, is keen on a move to Bayern Munich.[the_ad id=”164″]
But Ballack wants the club to pull out all the stops to guarantee the futures of their current talisman and rising star.
Ballack told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “When you are young, you want to play. That would be the most important thing for me.
“If I grew up at a club at Chelsea, I would want to stay at Chelsea because that’s where I was my whole youth, plus he is one of the biggest talents not just at Chelsea, but also in England, so I would stay and try and make it.
“But of course you want that time on the pitch and if you’re not involved you look around at the clubs that have an eye on you, that’s really normal.
“But I hope Chelsea can extend his contract. He is the future for the club. I hope he gets more time on the pitch. He’s already on a level where he can play in the Premier League day-in day-out.
“But he’s still young and the coaches will know how to handle him. Sometimes you have to be careful with these young players, you can’t put them in every week, the pressure is on very early.
“Overall I think he’s happy at Chelsea, he’s playing at a big club, and hopefully he will extend his contract.”[the_ad id=”164″]
On the future of Hazard, he said: “Normally with a club like that knocking on the door, of course it is in his head,” added the former Germany international.
“It’s normal that he’s thinking about that because he’s an incredible player who would make a difference at any club, but hopefully he stays.
“Sometimes you have to consider other things when it comes to contracts – London is a nice place to live and he feels good with his team-mates.
“But you also have to give him an opportunity to win something. Over the last few years, Chelsea have lost a bit of the attitude of going into a season thinking they will win a trophy.
“If he starts feeling the club can’t give him that anymore, of course he will think differently, but as long as he has the feeling he can win something at Chelsea, hopefully it’s an option for him to stay.”