Glenn Hoddle has told Real Madrid target Eden Hazard that he needs to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
Hazard is in the headlines on a regular basis, and not for his football, as there have been constant reports in the media all suggesting that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season for a switch to the Bernabeu.
But despite dropping a hint that he could stay next season, Hoddle has told the Belgian that now is the right time for him to leave.
‘I think Chelsea will get into the Champions League, whether Hazard will be there with them… I feel it might be the right time for him personally, not for Chelsea or the Premier League, but for him to go to Real Madrid if that offer is there on the table for him,’ Hoddle told TSN.[the_ad id=”164″]
‘He deserves to play in that team. They’ve got a re-build going on as well. I personally would love to see him play in the Premier League but I’ve got a feeling he might move.
‘Chelsea, at the moment, there’s something missing but without Hazard in the team and all the hope [goes]. The only player who was really dangerous for Chelsea when they weren’t playing so well and Manchester United were on top, was Hazard.
‘Hazard was doing everything he normally does, he looks sharp, he was beating players, every time he had the ball something was going to happen.
‘You take him away from that team at the moment you’ve got a massive hole to fill. ‘Can you fill it? Probably not. And it’s a real big concern for Chelsea at the moment. And that’s where I think they are at as a club, they’re at a crossroads.
‘With their owner, the new stadium not coming, there’s a lot of players coming to the end of their contracts, the transfer embargo as well.
‘All these things are not positive. The main thing they’ve got to do is switch off from that, win their last two games, get into that top four, or win the Europa League, they are still in a good position to win that. But I think they’ll end up in fourth spot.’
Meanwhile, Jasper Cillessen has confirmed that he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season.
Cillessen was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer as we needed an immediate top-class replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who joined Real Madrid.
However, Cillessen was enjoying regular football at the Camp Nou and had no intention of leaving, meaning we had to switch their attentions of highly-rated Spanish stopper Kepa.
But as we seek to bolster their goalkeeping situation in the summer window, Cillessen has now opened the door to a potential deal after admitting he is seeking to finally leave Barcelona in the summer.
Despite helping Barcelona to two Copa del Rey titles, the 30-year-old has played second fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the club’s no.1 in LaLiga and the Champions League.
Cillessen told Dutch television channel Ziggo Sport: ”First I will go on holiday and then I hope to have a new club where I can play, because I want to play.”