CHELSEA star Eden Hazard will only stay at the club next season if the right manager and players are brought in this summer.
That is the verdict of Sky Sports pundit and former England defender Danny Mills.
Hazard has been continuously linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent transfer windows.
La Liga giants Real Madrid are the favourites to land the Belgium international this summer.
Mills says it is important Chelsea find the right man to replace Antonio Conte, who looks likely to leave his job.
And he thinks high quality signings could persuade Eden Hazard to stay for another season at least.
“I think it’s going to depend on, let’s assume that Conte’s gone, who the manager is and what players they bring in with that as well,” Mills said.
“He was outstanding yesterday (in the 1-1 draw against West Ham).
“When he picks the ball up in deep positions, he gets on the half turn and then he drives at people.
“He runs at people and makes things happen. There aren’t too many players around that have the ability to do that.
“Big summer for Chelsea I think. They’ve got to get the manager right, they’ve got to get recruitment right.
“If they get that right, the players that are there now might just stay for another season or so.”
Antonio Conte slams underperforming Chelsea stars
Antonio Conte says Chelsea do not deserve to play in the Champions League next season after another underwhelming performance at Stamford Bridge.
As reported by The Times, the Italian head coach gave an honest assessment of his team’s performance against West Ham.
We must be realistic. If we’re not able to win this type of game, we are talking about what? You must win this game if you want to reach a target. In this case, if we wanted to reach a place in the Champions League.
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at home and had several chances to finish off the game. Joe Hart kept the Hammers in the game with a number of impressive saves but the Blues were wasteful in front of goal.
Chelsea now look set to miss out on a place in top four with just six games left to play this season.
The current champions are 10 points behind London rivals Spurs and now face late pressure from Arsenal to finish fifth.
Following their win at home to Southampton, the Gunners are just three points behind Chelsea.
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