FRANCE legend Emmanuel Petit believes Eden Hazard’s potential move to Real Madrid may now be off after Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea.
Antonio Conte left it late in the January transfer window to bring in another striker with Michy Batshuayi out of favour with the Stamford Bridge boss.
Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Edin Dzeko were all linked with moves to the west London club, but Chelsea eventually settled on an £18million move for Giroud.
Arsenal brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window, pushing Giroud further down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger.
But the France international is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and has already proved his worth to Chelsea.
He bagged for his first for the club in Friday’s 4-0 win over Hull in the FA Cup.
And Petit, who spent three seasons at Chelsea before retiring in 2004, believes Giroud’s arrival will benefit Hazard and he goes on to suggest the striker could prove pivotal in the upcoming Champions League clash against Barcelona.
“The fighter Olivier Giroud will play a new role for Chelsea that will help Hazard a lot,” Petit told The Sun.
“Hazard was missing a Giroud-type person — this is the kind of player he will love to play with.
“Giroud is not going to ask for the ball behind defenders. But Chelsea have fast players anyway and he is very physical, especially in the box and he can bring in players as well.
“He reminds me of Diego Costa with his fighting spirit and mentality.
“You know what you can expect from him, he always gives 100 per cent. It’s a very good buy for Chelsea and a good opportunity for Olivier.
“He can have a big impact against Barca — especially on set-pieces, which is an area where I think they can cause them problems.”