Between leaving Chelsea and signing for Madrid in a future transfer window. If he left in the next transfer window, would he go down as a Chelsea Legend?
In recent days, Eden Hazard has come out and said he is torn between signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge and a “dream” move to Real Madrid.
The Belgium forward has two years remaining on his contract with the Blues but was linked with a move to the European champions in the summer.
Hazard has scored seven times in the Premier League already this season.
“I don’t want to say, ‘yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then, in the end, I don’t end up signing, I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything. So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.” Tom Hazard to the media
More recent reports coming today from England suggest that Chelsea will do all they can to persuade Hazard to sign a new contract. Another English report has suggested that if Hazard got the hint that Madrid was interested in him, then he would ask to leave, and this would put Chelsea in a hard position, as it would be hard for them to say no as he has been loyal to the club for 7 years now. And if they granted him his wish to play for Real Madrid, then Chelsea would need to find a replacement before sanctioning the deal.
So as all the speculation goes on over Hazard’s future at Chelsea, I ask the question; If Hazard leaves Chelsea in the next transfer window, will he go down as a Chelsea legend?
On one side of the argument are people who argue that he would go down as a club legend point to how many trophies he has won in his time at Chelsea. Since joining, he has won 5 major trophies, including 2 Premier Leagues, 1 FA cup, 1 League cup (Carabao Cup) and one UEFA Europa League, and in each of these trophies that he has won with Chelsea, he has played a vital role in helping the blues achieve the victories. But in comparison to someone who doesn’t think he is a Chelsea legend, they would point to the fact that blues legends like Drogba have won more than double the number of trophies (14) compared to Hazard (5), so is Hazard a few trophies away from becoming a Chelsea legend? In contrast, people on the side of Hazard being a Chelsea legend would say that other club legends like Zola and Osgood have won a similar number of trophies to Hazard, so has Hazard won enough to become a Chelsea legend or is he still a few trophies away?
Another point of the argument to suggest that he is a legend is how many goals and assists he has got since joining Chelsea. In 217 appearances so far, he has scored 76 goals and has assisted 42. so overall in 217 appearances, he has been involved 118 times in goals when he has played for Chelsea, which are very Impressive stats for an attacker. In comparison to other Chelsea legends for example, Drogba, he had 254 appearances for Chelsea in two spells, and in that time scored 104 and assisted 54, so his stats are better than Hazard but that is expected for a striker. One point that Chelsea fans who don’t rate Hazard as a legend point out is that Hazard needs to have a season where he scores a lot of goals. And could this season be the season he needs to become a Chelsea legend in some fans eyes? He has started this season well, scoring 7 goals in his first 8 games this season and currently the top scorer in the league.
Other factors that Chelsea fans who think that he is a legend point to is that he has won many individual awards, including most recently being included in FIFA’S World X11 in 2018. He has also won many Chelsea awards, and Premier League awards like PL player of the month on a number of occasions and also being Player of the season on one occasion. The Belgian has also won the FWA (Football Writers Association) footballer of the year in the 2014-15 season when Chelsea won the title in Mourinho’s second spell in charge. But the main factor that has made him a Chelsea legend in many people’s eyes are his vital goals that he has contributed to Chelsea over the years. The most famous being the goal that stopped Tottenham potentially winning the title in the 2015-16 season, and just doing that alone makes you a legend in some Chelsea fans eyes because of the rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham is and has been intense since back in the day.
Overall, many fans compare Hazard to club legends like Zola because they have similar playing styles. And Zola himself as Current Assistant Manager to Maurizio Sarri has praised Hazard as ‘one of the best in the world’, and that praise from a Chelsea legend hints at the fact that he Zola himself would view Hazard as a Chelsea legend if/and when he decides to leave. But the question still remains, Would Hazard be labeled as a Chelsea legend if he left soon? Or does he still have more to prove in a Chelsea shirt to warrant him that label?
By Danyal Khan