Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy has told the Blues to hand Eden Hazard £750,000-a-week to sign a new contract at the club.
Hazard has been in the media for all the right reasons over the last few weeks and is starting to show just how productive he is in front of goal, netting eight times already this season, but that has not stopped Real Madrid showing a strong interest and reports have claimed they will make a big summer move to acquire his services when the transfer window opens at the end of the season.
But Cundy believes the Stamford Bridge hero can be persuaded to sign a new deal with Chelsea.
The Sports Bar host said: “I think it’s a very open and a very honest statement. He’s a lovely lad and he doesn’t cause problems.
“As Chelsea fans we’ve got to accept he’s not a west London boy and he wants to play for Real Madrid.
“If they come in with a big enough offer, I think we have to accept that there is a time and a place in a player’s career and he wants to go on and play for one of the biggest clubs, if not THE biggest club, in world football.
“But, from my point of view, I want him to stay – of course I do.
“It’s a really horrible situation for the club because he’s playing well and he’s clearly happy right now, but he has ambitions to go on a do something.”
“I would make him the highest paid player in the world.
“I would give him £650k, £700k, £750k-a-week. Why not? Tell me why not?
“To replace him… you can’t replace him!
“What’s he worth on the open market, say £150million? You’re not going to be able to replace him!”
Would a big contract convince Hazard to stay?
I would like to say yes, a big contract will convince Hazard to ignore the Madrid rumours and continue to progress into a world class midfielder here, but the fact is he is not motivated by money and I feel his decision to leave at the end of this season has been made up.
I just hope we can find an adequate replacement to fill the void when he does leave the club.