At Wembley, this afternoon, when Chelsea take on Manchester City in the 2018 Community Shield, Eden Hazard will be conspicuous by his absence.
Like several others who should be gracing the occasion, for both sides, they have yet to return to training after being involved in the recent 2018 World Cup in Russia.
According to one well-respected source, the Times, Hazard is expected back at the club on Monday.
With that being the case, our referenced source is implying that upon his return Chelsea will hold immediate talks with the 27-year-old to discuss his future.
Amongst the enticements being offered to persuade Hazard to stay is a salary hike, an increase that would see our jewel-in-the-crown earn £300,000 a week.
Now whether money alone will be enough to persuade the Belgian international to ditch any thoughts of joining Real Madrid remains to be seen.
Sat here, in the editorial chair, I reckon the next forty-eight hours will be the most crucial, Chelsea will be only too aware that if Hazard’s mind is set on a move to the Bernabeu they’d, with the transfer window closing at midnight on Thursday, have very limited time to source a replacement and get any potential deal wrapped up.
How do you, the Vital Chelsea fraternity, see this one panning out?
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