Chelsea star Palmieri opens up and announces £100 million superstar Hazard to be at Stamford Bridge this summer
Emerson Palmieri admitted Chelsea’s players are “afraid” of losing a player of the quality of Eden Hazard, but believes the Belgian will stay.
Hazard has been in superb form for Chelsea this season and is playing some of the best football of his career under Maurizio Sarri, but there is a lot of speculation that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join up with Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
He has made no secret of his desire to work with the French legend, who he has idolised since a kid, and it is no secret that the Spanish giants are prepared to go big and try to secure his services for a fee of around £100 million.
And after seeing Hazard net his 13th League goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend, Emerson insisted such a talent cannot be let go at the end of the season.
“He shows every day how important he is,” Emerson told Sky Sports.
“Obviously we have many players of quality in our team but he is on another level, and is one of the best in the world. I personally cannot see him leaving, but you never know in football. Like Chelsea fans, we are afraid that he might leave, I still believe that he will stay and we really want him to stay.”
Can Hazard keep hold of their star man?
If Chelsea lose Hazard it will be a massive blow to their chances of getting back into the habit of challenging for the Premier League title under Sarri, so if they can convince him to stay it would be better than going out and spending a ton of money on a new player.
However, he has big dreams and ambitions so keeping hold of him in the summer will be an almost impossible feat considering he is desperately keen to work with Zidane at Madrid.