Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth believes Chelsea could benefit from allowing Eden Hazard to leave for Real Madrid this summer.
The Belgian has been the key man for Chelsea in recent campaign’s, but even more so this season with his 19 goals and 16 assists in all competitions helping the Blues finish third in the league and reach the Carabao Cup and Europa League final’s respectively.
It appears almost certain that Hazard is on his way to Real this summer, however Sheth believes his departure could actually be a positive for the Blues, and drew comparison’s to how Manchester United benefited from allowing Ruud van Nistelrooy to leave in 2006, the Express report via Sky Sports’ Transfer Podcast.
I just think sometimes when a massive player leaves a club, it just raises the standard of the rest of the players. Because everything seems to be focused on Eden Hazard, doesn’t it? Give the ball to Hazard and he’ll sort it out. Potentially [they rely on him too much], the stats would suggest that there’s a huge reliance on Eden Hazard. I just remember when Ruud Van Nistelrooy was at Man United, he scored like 150 goals in the five seasons he was there, and then United in that time won one league title.
Then when he left, they won three league titles in a row. It just seemed that United played in a different way. Maybe Chelsea need to start playing in a different way now.
Four moments of Hazard's season
Hat-trick vs Cardiff
Hazard began the season on fire, and his impressive hat-trick against Cardiff took his tally to five goals and two assists from his opening five league games.
Goal vs Liverpool
Hazard scored a wonderful solo goal against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup in September, adding to his list of memorable strikes against the Reds.
Penalty vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Hazard capped what could be his final appearance at Stamford Bridge with an assist against Eintracht Frankfurt before scoring the winning penalty in shootout to send the Blues through to the final.
Final Premier League appearance?
The Belgian may have kissed the Premier League goodbye after his substitute appearance against Leicester City on the last day of the season.