Eden Hazard has told his teammate Michy Batshuayi to consider quitting Chelsea in search of regular first team football.
The former Marseille striker was signed for £33 million last summer but has failed to make any sort of impact as Diego Costa’s understudy.
Batshuayi has scored just once in 17 Premier League appearances and has failed to start a single top flight game under Antonio Conte, with the Italian preferring to field Hazard as a false nine in Costa’s absence.
Hazard believes the 23-year-old possesses enough quality to thrive for the champions-elect, but should consider a summer move if his situation doesn’t improve.
‘The advice I give to any player who lacks playing time is you have to play,’ Hazard told Belgian outlet DH.
‘He must try to play more at Chelsea. Or he finds another club to bounce back.
‘It is not easy, he had a good season in Marseille, a season with being able to play and score.
‘But it will serve as an experiment. I get along very well with him, I wish him to rediscover the pleasure of playing, scoring goals as he has been able to do for several years, be it at Standard [Liege] or Marseille.
‘He has this quality: He is a great striker.’