Date: 12th March 2019 at 4:29pm
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The announcement, yesterday, relating to Zinedine Zidane making a return to Real Madrid, could be worrying news for Chelsea supporters.

With our jewel-in-the-crown, Eden Hazard’s future still to be confirmed, the prospect of Zidane becoming Chelsea’s manager, albeit based on speculation, had given us all hope that the 28-year-old might stay at Stamford Bridge, after all the Belgian international had always inferred he would like to play for a player who he considered to be his hero in his younger days.

Thoughts that Hazard might be leaving are also strengthened by the prospect of Zidane having been given a huge summer transfer chest of circa £300 million, which would allow Chelsea to cash-in and receive a huge bounty for their star performer.

But, although the transfer fee might be some kind of compensation, if Chelsea decide that Hazard, in accordance with his wishes, can go, the two-window transfer ban will mean that Chelsea would be able to bank the money but not spend it on a suitable replacement.

However, returning to the scenario of the two-window transfer ban, Chelsea might decide to keep Hazard on their books but that too would create a problem.

If Hazard stays another season then he’ll become a free agent and Chelsea would then see their prize asset walk out of the Stamford Bridge gates on a free transfer.

So what do Chelsea do?

Sell Hazard this summer and make do with those we already have but weakening our attacking intent considerably?

Or do they hang on, get the best out of Hazard for another year and lose him for nothing at the end of next season but, perhaps, hoping another season could see Callum Hudson-Odoi mature enough to become Hazard’s replacement?

Please feel free to offer your viewpoint on the above subject matter in the comment facility beneath this article.

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3 Replies to “Chelsea’s Hazard Dilemma”

  • Sell. A couple of seasons of realistic table position, should be enough to discourage the owner into selling. No Superstars carrying us through those 2-1 victories. No marquee signing will come, after Hazard’s departure, and our true football will become apparent. The path to reform will be set in stone.

  • I agree sell no club can let 100m slip through their fingers also this could be the start of building new regime giving opportunities to young players so two seasons of probably half way finishes a new bid by Jim ratcliffe for less because we’re not the asset we were hopefully he gets it and restructure begins

  • If he clearly conveys he is going to leave next year at the end of his contract in any case, then we have no option but to sell …. We can use the morning hopefully get a couple of rising stars

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