Eden Hazard was at his very best last night as he inspired Chelsea to a 2-0 win over West Ham with a Man of the Match display.
The Belgian scored twice, including an incredible solo goal, to send the Blues to third place in the Premier League table and leave some questioning whether he has outgrown this Chelsea side.
In the build-up to the game, speculation had increased about a potential move to Real Madrid (Sky Sports), and ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes now is the perfect time for the 28-year-old to leave Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “I don’t think you can ever stop players moving to Real Madrid and Barcelona. I think most players see that as the pinnacle, and it’s happened at both Manchester United and Liverpool.
“It’s sad as I love watching him week in, week out. But I almost feel like Hazard has to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. He’s that good that he has to play at that level. I think Hazard is too good for Chelsea, right now. He’s that good a player.”
As disrespectful as Carragher’s comments may sound to some Chelsea supporters, especially with him being a former player of a rival club, the Sky Sports pundit certainly has a point.
Compared to his team-mates, Hazard is on a completely different level. In recent transfer windows, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have simply failed to put similar quality around him, leaving the west London outfit on a steady decline.
Real Madrid, of course, also look to be going backwards. The difference with them, however, is that they will always be in the Champions League with the top of La Liga being nowhere near as competitive as the Premier League.
And that is a competition a player of Hazard’s ability needs to be playing in every single year.
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