As of today, Chelsea have their next manager. But that change might not be the only one that occurs over the next couple of days. Eden Hazard, who put the finishing touches on Belgium’s 2-0 victory over England in today’s third-place World Cup game, might have his heart set on moving. Per BBC Sport, his stint with Chelsea might finally be over after six years.
“You know my preferred destination,” he said Saturday. “I can decide if I want to stay or go but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.”
Last June, Hazard’s tune was slightly different. At the time, he wasn’t committing one way or the other.
“We all have dreams. It could be Spain, it could be staying with Chelsea.”
In the meantime, the Blues are coming off a fifth-place Premier League finish. Not only are they missing out on the Champions League this season, but they also finished a whopping 30 points off Manchester City’s historic pace. Hazard might not want to miss out on UCL football. Plus with Real Madrid recently selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, giving Hazard a look makes sense. Last season at Chelsea, he found the back of the net 12 times while providing four assists over 34 Premier League matches.
Maurizio Sarri is now in charge. Jorginho is their newest defensive midfielder. Rumors surrounding N’Golo Kanté are picking up steam. Needless to say, things are changing at Stamford Bridge.
Will Eden Hazard be there when the 2018-19 season kicks off?