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Liverpool legend: Eden Hazard shouldn’t move to Real Madrid or Barcelona


Neither Real Madrid or Barcelona will be able to offer Eden Hazard the same kind of freedom he enjoys at Chelsea, says Liverpool great John Barnes

The Belgian winger had been strongly linked with a move to Real this summer to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus in a €112m deal.

But Hazard ultimately opted to remain at Chelsea for another season, although he is yet to sign a new long-term contract.

The 27-year-old has had a terrific start to life under new Blues coach Maurizio Sarri, who rates him as Europe’s best footballer.

Despite this though, Barnes feels that Hazard would feel stifled at other big clubs and could struggle to fit into another system.

Barnes told beIN Sports: “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.

“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.”

Hazard was rested for Chelsea’s 1-0 Europa League win over Greek side PAOK Salonika.