Claude Puel, the Leicester City coach, insisted that Eden Hazard, the Chelsea star player, might need to switch the clubs to reach a completely new level in his career as he has been with the Blues for a long time…
The French coach used to work with Hazard back at Lille and he allowed him to make his professional debut back in 2007 when Hazard was just 16-year old. Now, his former coach believes that it is maybe the right time for another move and his former player can reach a new level by switching the sides.
The former Southampton coach spoke about his former winger as he said, according to Sky Sports: “He can continue to make progress. After, I don’t know if he has to stay at Chelsea or not – is that a problem? But I think he can continue to develop as a player. He has all the qualities to play for all the great teams in Europe, of course. He can make the difference, so for me, he is a top player in Europe.”
He also added that Hazard is a difference-maker, for sure: “The team is around Eden because he is the most important player for them. It is not possible to stop him because he cannot play in just the same position. He can play wide or striker or come back to take the ball. He can make always penetration and the difference, it is just important to have a good structure and organisation around him.”
In the end, Claude Puel claimed that he can remember how great Hazard was when they met: “He is a fantastic player and he improves a lot. But he had the same quality at 16 when he started in the first team at Lille, it was the same. Of course, now he has more consistency in his game but always he is fantastic in his play and has the ability and capacity to make good penetration and give good assists.”