Chelsea are reportedly considering a stunning £51million move to bring Eden Hazard back to Stamford Bridge this summer, but it would be a divisive deal despite the Belgian’s hero status at the club.
Hazard has had a gloomy spell at Real Madrid since he left Chelsea for £130 million in 2019 and has scored just one league goal, with his spell tarnished by injuries, poor showings and serious criticism from fans and the Spanish press.
He will go down in history as a club legend with Chelsea having scored 110 goals and helping them win six major trophies, but supporters may question whether it is the right time for a homecoming.
Chelsea fan RORY JENNINGS gives his verdict on the possibility of Hazard returning to Bridge soon after just two years in LaLiga.
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“Don’t go back” is a mantra that I think is generally worth sticking to.
It’s not exclusive to football – it can be applied to jobs and ex-girlfriends – but I also think it works especially well when it comes to football players. There are of course exceptions and caveats (Paul Pogba to Manchester United comes to mind), but overall I think it’s best avoided.
However, the romance that exists in football is something very dear to me, which is why the thought of bringing one of Chelsea’s heroes back to Stamford Bridge awakens something in me. But that doesn’t make it rational or sensible.
The right thing for Chelsea is not to get close to Eden Hazard. He has scored five goals in two seasons, he can’t keep fit, Real Madrid are desperate to get rid of it and I think you could say Christian Pulisic or Callum Hudson-Odoi are better options.
It would be ridiculous for Chelsea to sign an unsuitable player who wants to sack Real Madrid.”
What message would his arrival send to the young players looking to impress Thomas Tuchel?
We have to ask – what sign is it sending to our academy players?
This summer alone, we’re bleeding talented guys who think their way into the first team has been blocked.
Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi have led the charge out of Cobham, much to the dismay of those of us who have looked forward to seeing such talented young players flourish at the heart of Chelsea’s defence.
I hoped that Mason Mount and Co would have set the precedent to show that the youngsters coming out of Cobham can break through to the first team. The fact that so many young guys attached to the club feel the need to leave is a heartbreaker.
For us to sign a 31-year-old for £51 million fresh from two years without so much as an impressive performance is ridiculous when you think of the talent we’ve endured – and what impact such a signing could have on their first team ambitions.
Hazard’s return would be romantic for fans, but that doesn’t make it the right decision
You could argue that Chelsea are better off with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic
However, if Hazard is number one, there is nothing comparable.
In the club’s long and esteemed history, only Gianfranco Zola has arguably been better than him with the ball at his feet.
Hazard is a truly enchanting player who I believe had the talent to become the best footballer in the world.
Why he never quite reached that level and his current state can be debated forever, but what’s not up for debate is how good he was for Chelsea.
There’s nothing like it when Hazard is singing but you should never go back to football again
Hazard was fascinating for Chelsea but we don’t need him with the talent coming through
Stop Tottenham from winning the league, bully Francis Coquelin, embarrass Pablo Zabaleta, score the best goal Anfield has ever seen, two Premier Leagues, two Europa Leagues, assist after assist after assist.
It was made all the more impressive by the fact that he was often forced to join Alvaro Morata and Willian.
Nostalgia and romance is truly a wonderful thing, and even writing out those moments, thinking back to such fantastic memories brings up glorious feelings.
I got myself tied up by simply writing this, I started by saying I don’t think you should go back.
But after immersing myself in Hazard memories for the past 20 minutes, now I’m thinking: sod it, get him back ASAP and while we’re at it… what’s Ashley Cole up to?