Chelsea transfer news: Selling Eden Hazard for £100m THIS SUMMER would be ‘great business’ for Blues, says former star Mario Melchiot
Chelsea have been urged to sell star player Eden Hazard THIS SUMMER.
Former Blues defender Mario Melchiot has warned the club against keeping the Belgian forward for another year, only to lose him for nothing when his contract expires.
Hazard’s current deal is set to expire next summer and he has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.
And Melchiot believes selling him to the Spanish giants for £100million this summer would be ‘great business’ for the London club.
Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former centre-back said: “Keeping him for another year and letting him go for free? That would be bad business.
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“As a fan, all along I want to keep Hazard until the last minute. But as a business it would not be a smart move to hold onto him.
“You don’t want to let anybody walk out for free.
“If you can get a lot of money for him… he’s on his last year and still has a value of around £100m. If they can get that for him, it would be great.”
Hazard was Chelsea’s only bright spark as the Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat to Premier League title challengers Liverpool on Sunday.
Many saw the result as the final nail in the coffin for Hazard’s long-term future at the club.
And Melchiot admits it’s no surprise the Belgian flyer would want to trade Chelsea for a star-studded Real Madrid team.
“Hazard’s future at the club is very simple,” he added, “this kid wants to play the best and wants to play with the best.
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“It’s great being the best player in a team, but you want to make sure you’re playing amongst players who can help you succeed and bring you to the next level.
“I’m not saying the current Chelsea players are not good… but are they good enough to keep him excited?
“That’s why Real Madrid is so interesting for him and that’s why he might have already made his mind up.”
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