Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has finally admitted Eden Hazard could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season as Real Madrid leading the race to sign him.
The 25-year-old Belgian has struggled to repeat his last season’s extraordinary form and fitness this term and often looked a mere shadow of the player who won the PFA Player of the year award last season.
There were several reports which claimed that the Belgian winger was not happy under Jose Mourinho at the beginning of this campaign and although he finally managed to get off the mark in last night’s 5-1 victory over MK Dons, he would definitely consider leaving the Blues in the summer as a better future waits for him at Real Madrid.
And, when questioned whether Hazard will be sold at the end of this season, Guus Hiddink confessed that there is a possibility that the former Lille man could leave the club.
“It’s not up to me – it’s up to the club,” said Hiddink.
“My advice to Eden is he could be a Chelsea great for years to come – but he could leave in the summer.
“He’s of big value to Chelsea – a very important player, a nice player. But he’s been struggling with injuries for a while now.”
Hiddink has also said that Hazard’s first goal of this season will now help the star player return to his best once again.
The Belgian star netted a second half penalty which ended a run of 29 club appearances without a goal in the FA Cup win that eventually set up a home meeting with Manchester City in the fifth round.
Hazard made his first start since sustaining an injury at Crystal Palace four weeks earlier and after struggling for form for the first half of the season, Hiddink thinks the player is ready enough to put the difficult time behind him.
He was given the opportunity to end his barren run when he was brought down in the 55th minute and was actually urged to take the penalty by captain John Terry and his teammates.
“He has had a difficult time, with injuries,” Hiddink further said.
“We have a hierarchy for penalties, with Oscar at the top, but they gave him this penalty. So it’s good for him to score.
“He’s coming back now after a long absence, and he needs the rhythm of these games. He had more than an hour to help his rhythm, and that’s a help for the upcoming games.”