Former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise believes retaining Eden Hazard is a must and revealed what he thinks they can do to ensure it
The Belgian winger is yet to commit his long-term future at Chelsea with his current contract set to expire in June 2020.
Hazard has recently teased the possibility of fulfilling a childhood dream of his by signing for Real Madrid, who were strongly linked with a move for him last summer.
But Wise reckons a few quality signings along with a top-four finish in the Premier League this season could enough to convince Hazard to stay at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s very important to keep him,” Wise told Metro.
“I think from a Chelsea point of view if they want to win trophies they need to keep Hazard.
“It’s very important because he’s such a quality player.
“Every Chelsea fan would love to keep him and hopefully we can tie him up for longer.
“But the important thing from Hazard’s point of view is what other personnel comes in at Chelsea Football Club and whether they can get back into the Champions League.
“He wants to play Champions League football – he hasn’t this year – but if they can get that spot for next year and add a couple of top quality players then it can [help] change his mind.
“He’d know then that the club can compete because at this moment Manchester City and Liverpool are in front.”
Hazard has managed eight goals and six assists in 17 appearances this season for Chelsea, who will face league leaders Manchester City this Saturday.