Chelsea forward Eden Hazard drew the ire of supporters on Wednesday night after swapping-shirts at half-time with Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria, as well as delivering an ineffective performance as the Blues bowed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage again.
Suffering poor form through the campaign
The Belgian international has been subject of criticism all season for failing to hit the heights of 2014/15’s title-winning campaign. Hazard was also alleged to be leading a mutiny against former manager Jose Mourinho before the latter was sacked which led to vitriol from the fans. He also admitted an eagerness to join Paris Saint-Germain if they came in for his services, and it’s expected that Hazard and Chelsea will part company in the summer.
While still only 25-year-old, and boasting an ever-expanding trophy haul and numerous personal honours, Hazard’s time at Chelsea looks to be up. He’s still yet to score in the Premier League this season from 26 appearances, and just doesn’t look to have the same hunger that led to him being named PFA Player of the Year in 2014/15. PSG are one club who would be willing to meet Chelsea’s demands for the winger, while Real Madrid were previously linked with Hazard too.
Chelsea to reluctantly let him go
The Blues certainly know they would be letting a talented player leave the ranks, but Hazard’s body language suggests he needs a fresh challenge elsewhere. No longer is he terrorising defences and getting into good scoring positions in games. And no longer are supporters chanting his name like they used to. With Chelsea looking set to miss out on Champions League football for next season, Hazard is one of a selection of top players who might angle for a move elsewhere.
Eden Hazard is 5/6 join Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and he will be one of many shown the exit door as they undergo a transitional period. Thy certainly won’t miss his goals this season, but there will be some regret given he scored and created 23 goals in 38 games in the Premier League to help the Blues coast to the title. Hazard claimed personal honours for another outstanding campaign, but just struggled to maintain such a high playing standard this time round.
Chelsea’s former manager Jose Mourinho got the best from the squad, having them collectively performing above their abilities, but the aftermath meant a burnt out squad struggling to pick up where they left off. Hazard has effectively wasted the season with injuries and poor form seeing him provide very little to the Chelsea attack in all competitions. And with PSG willing to pay large sums for his signature, will Hazard be leaving Chelsea in the summer?