Former England player urges Chelsea to stay put

Former England midfielder John Barnes has urged Chelsea star, Eden Hazard to remain at the club despite interest from Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants were reportedly after his services all summer long but with Chelsea refusing to sell, the Belgium captain stayed put at Stamford Bridge.

However, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2020 and his refusal to extend his contract at the club, the Blues might be hoping to cash in on the player should he decide to leave.

But Barnes who played for Liverpool during his playing days believes Hazard might be stifled at other big clubs and wouldn’t have the same freedom he enjoys at Chelsea. Barnes told beIN Sports, according to InsideFutbol:

“If you see the way Eden Hazard plays – he has 30 to 40 touches with the ball at times, he plays one-twos and he does what he wants.”

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“If he goes to Real Madrid, he wouldn’t be able to do that.”

“He goes to a club where he would have to fit into a system, as you see what happens with Belgium, which is why they have not gone on to maximise their potential.”

“You may say he is possibly the best individual player, but Chelsea are the right club for him because I watched him score a hat-trick and at times you think he should play it simple, but he doesn’t and there are no repercussions on him because they accept that at Chelsea.”

“At a Barcelona or Real Madrid, they wouldn’t accept that.”

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