Last season Eden Hazard was back to his best form.
After an indifferent 2015 / 2016 season, the Belgian once again became a world-class operative as Chelsea marched to the 2016 / 2017 Premier League title.
Unfortunately, a lack of European football kept Hazard`s sparkling talents confined to our shores as opposed to be show-cased all around Europe.
Such a restriction most probably prevented Hazard being given more than just lip-service when it came to serious nominations for the prestigious Ballon d`Or.
However, somebody who has won the award on several occasions, Cristiano Ronaldo, according to The Sun is convinced that the talented Belgian is amongst a group of players who can, one day, succeed him, with Ronaldo naming the following as candidates:
• Marco Asensio
• Kylian Mbappe
• Marcus Rashford
• Ousmane Dembele
• Eden Hazard
Do you concur with the thoughts of the Portuguese superstar or will Eden only win the award if he moves to one of the Spanish giants?
More Breaking News:
Arsenal squad believe Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will choose Liverpool over Chelsea
Liverpool are making a huge push to try and sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of Chelsea and the Arsenal squad now believe he will move to Anfield.
The 24-year-old is old of contract next summer and, having rejected a £180,000-a-week new deal, is likely to be sold this summer with Arsenal unwilling to risk losing him for nothing in a years’ time.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool are vying for his signature, and it had been assumed that Antonio Conte was the favourite to land the winger in a £35 million deal.
However, according to the Mirror, Liverpool have upped the ante and are aggressively pursuing a deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
A deal is harder for Liverpool to do due to a breakdown in relations between the Reds and Arsenal following the transfer saga that engulfed Luis Suarez back in 2013.
Nevertheless, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s teammates think he is more likely to choose Liverpool over Chelsea, where he would play in his preferred attacking role rather than vie with Victor Moses for the right wing-back role.
Although Wenger has previously insisted that Oxlade-Chamberlain would not be sold, that stance has now changed after the youngster told him face-to-face that he wants to leave.
The England international feels his Three Lions career, and his general development, would both be better served away from the Emirates.
Liverpool’s move for Oxlade-Chamberlain could see him left out of the team that takes on Arsenal at the weekend, with Wenger likely to remove him from the firing line with his future in doubt
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are finally ready to cash-in on Alex Olxade-Chamberlain and will sanction his £35m sale to either Chelsea or Liverpool before the end of the month.
Olxade-Chamberlain is in the final year of his contract and while the club were initially confident of agreeing terms over an extension, talks have stalled in recent weeks.
The midfielder now seems determined to leave and reportedly rejected a whopping £180,000-a-week contract offer after telling Arsene Wenger he wanted to secure a move away from the club before deadline day.
The boss has stated several times this summer that The Ox wouldn’t be sold but the Mirror claim Arsenal are now reluctantly ready to cash-in for around £35m after the player made it clear he felt a move is best for his career and development.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to hold down a regular place in Wenger’s team and he stills hasn’t cemented a fixed position with the versatile midfielder being deployed in various roles over the past few years.
I’ve said all summer that we should sell if he doesn’t sign a new deal and it looks like it’s going to happen over the coming days with Chelsea and Liverpool leading the chase for his signature.
The Mirror claim that Chelsea were confident of securing a £35m deal but Liverpool have now emerged as serious contenders after making a ‘huge push’ to sign The Ox in recent days.
Given their recent history with Liverpool over the whole Luis Suarez saga, Chelsea could still be considered favourites but I’m sure Arsenal have huge reservations about selling to London rivals too.