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Chelsea would jump at the chance to re-sign Eden Hazard, according to Paul Merson. The Belgian left Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.
“Chelsea would take him back,” Merson said in his latest Daily Star Sport column. “No doubt. Before he left, he was on a different planet.
“It’s sad to see him not doing it in Madrid. But they brought him in to replace Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals and he was never going to do that. You wish Chelsea had a clause where they could take him back because you would do that all day long to see him back in the Premier League.”
Hazard scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and two Europa League crowns, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup. But he played just 16 times in La Liga last season as Real won the title, with a foot injury disrupting the Belgian’s debut campaign.
He is expected to be back fit for their mouth-watering Champions League semi-final against former club Chelsea.
“I’d be surprised if he plays when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals,” the former Arsenal star added. “He’s hardly played all season. Why would you change the team that beat Liverpool so comfortably? The wingers were both electric.”
The Sky Sports pundit insists there is no doubt over Hazard’s ability.
“If Hazard ever gets back to the form he was in at Chelsea, he can cause havoc,” Merson said. “But I just don’t see it. Sometimes you need to start well when you make a big move and he didn’t, and it’s all gone downhill for him.”