Former Chelsea star Dennis Wise has a theory about why Eden Hazard didn’t sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
A potential switch to the Santiago Bernabeu seemed a possibility at one stage after Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Juventus, but the west London remained insistent that Hazard was going nowhere and that proved to be the case.
However, the 27-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season, meaning the west London outfit currently face the prospect of having to cash in on their star player.
However, Wise is keen to see Hazard commit his future to the club by penning a new deal and it could depend on Maurizio Sarri’s decision.
“It’s very important to keep him,” said Wise in an interview with the Metro. “I think from a Chelsea point of view if they want to win trophies they need to keep Hazard. It’s very important because he’s such a quality player.
“Every Chelsea fan would love to keep him and hopefully we can tie him up for longer. But the important thing from Hazard’s point of view is what other personnel comes in at Chelsea Football Club and whether they can get back into the Champions League.
“He wants to play Champions League football – he hasn’t this year – but if they can get that spot for next year and add a couple of top quality players then it can [help] change his mind.
“He’d know then that the club can compete because at this moment Manchester City and Liverpool are in front.”