It’s time for Paul Merson’s prediction game again. Here’s what he thinks about Chelsea’s next game against Stoke City:
“Chelsea were poor against Arsenal – bar the Pedro chance they didn’t create much – and it just highlighted how much they miss a fully-fit Eden Hazard.
“This is a match they have to win because they cannot give the two Manchester teams any more of a head-start. If they lose at Stoke and City win, that’s a six-point gap in September.
“I have been disappointed in Stoke this season, the Newcastle game was a bad result. But what really gets me is they lost 2-0 to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. That’s a joke.
“Stoke aren’t going to challenge for the league and they aren’t getting relegated. It’s another mid-table season. So why not go for it in the cup? It was a shocker.
“PAUL PREDICTS: Chelsea 1-3 Stoke City”
Chelsea FC: Eden Hazard once again hints at future move away from the Blues
Chelsea FC winger Eden Hazard has once again admitted in a recent interview that he could move away from the club at some point but has ruled out any future move to PSG.
The Belgian star insisted that the only club in France that he would play for would be his old club Lille where he played before joining the Blues.
He told French media outlet SFR Sport that he would only want to play for his old club where he developed from a young age.
Hazard signed a senior contract for Lille at the age of 16-years-old but had been there in the youth academy since he was 14.
“There are some big clubs, and it was an attractive league even when I played in it six years ago.
“Big stars want to play in Ligue 1, and that is a good thing. But if I am to return it will be to play for Lille – they are my club.
Hazard also admitted that he could one day leave Stamford Bridge but didn’t elaborate on where.
“I still have a career to carve out, with a number of seasons ahead of me.
“I am at Chelsea for the time being, and I don’t know where my career will take me in the future, but if I do go back to France it will be to play for Lille.”
Note his wording “for the time being” this signals that Hazard is indeed mulling over a future move one day. He has also refused to rule out a move away from the club in the past, including earlier this year.
‘I’m good here. I’m at one of the best clubs in the world and I think I’m going to stay for a couple of years. I’m very happy,’
The fact that he could only commit to saying he would stay at Chelsea FC for two more years could indeed mean Hazard harbors an inherent desire to move to a club like Real Madrid.
This could come as hard reading for Chelsea FC fans to learn that Hazard could indeed move away. The 26-year-old has become an integral player for the first team and is undoubtedly one of the best ever players that has graced Stamford Bridge. Fans and the club will certainly not want him to leave.
But if the thought of playing in the lights and glamour at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid or another super club comes calling then it’s hard to fault him for wanting a move.
Hazard started for the first time this season against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup as he has been battling an ankle injury. Fans hope he will start this weekend when Chelsea FC take on Stoke.