The Blues are apparently looking for a new man to patrol the dugout with Conte reportedly leaving, but resolving this talisman’s future appears to take more importance
Chelsea are staring straight into the crossroads. With Champions League football all but ruled out for next season and another trophyless campaign on the cards, the Blues have a lot of work to do in the summer – starting with finding a new manager.
It’s been widely touted that Antonio Conte would be given the boot after what has been a below-par season. Hence, Chelsea is currently weighing up their options as the likes of Maurizio Sarri and Luis Enrique are seen as possible replacements. But Conte, on the other hand, is refusing to quit and sacking him would incur a cost of £9 million to the club.
However, Chelsea appear to place the premium on Eden Hazard’s future. The Belgian’s relations with his boss has strained in the recent times and the club find it more discerning to tie him up than let him go and retain Conte.
His current deal runs through 2020, but an extension would see him draw in the excess of £300,000-a-week, a prospect that he wouldn’t pass up. But, Chelsea would have to put the pedal to the metal sooner than later and retain him, as Real Madrid are rumored to be targeting the star in what’s set to be a summer of reappears
Extending the contract would not only fend off external interests, but also foster Conte’s exit who’s now fallen out of favour of the owner Roman Abramovich after a poor season. Former Barcelona manager Enrique is understood to demand a hefty price, while there questions over Sarri’s temperament too.
Eden Hazard has been an asset to Chelsea since bursting onto the scene in 2013. The Belgian is without a doubt an instrumental member of the squad and selling a player of his ilk wouldn’t be entertained by the fans or even the players. Managers will come and go, but Chelsea won’t find another gem of a player like Hazard, which makes his contract extension all the more imperative.