Frank Lampard: Eden Hazard’s exit must be right for him and Chelsea

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has admitted that he is unsure whether Eden Hazard will remain with the Blues beyond the ongoing campaign. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid since the return of Zinedine Zidane at the helm and they have been reports indicating that a transfer could be finalised regardless of the Blues ongoing transfer ban.

Speaking to Sport360, Lampard hailed the qualities of his former teammate and suggested that any team in the world would prefer to utilise the services of the Belgian. He added that he has no idea regarding the player’s position, although any decision should be best for the club and the player himself.

“Eden is obviously a top player in world football, there’s absolutely no doubt about that, so the decision will always be for himself. Of course Chelsea will want to keep him because he’s a top player and of course other clubs are always going to want Eden Hazard because of where he’s at. But it has to be a decision that’s right for Eden and Chelsea while he’s contracted to them and that’s for them to work out. I don’t know what to expect, that’s for him and the club,” he said.

“Hazard has just 15 months remaining on his current contract with the Blues and this has generated concerns over his future beyond the summer" . The west London giants have already turned down an offer worth £60m from Los Blancos for the attacker but reports indicate they could be tempted to “sanction the player’s sale" , should a package of more than £100m be presented.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old has remained calm over the speculation by citing that he is focused on the rest of the season, but the forthcoming months should give a clear indication whether the Blues have any chance of convincing the attacker into penning a contract extension.