EDEN HAZARD “deserves” to play for Real Madrid and it “may be the right time” for him to leave Chelsea, according to former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle.
But ex-England chief Hoddle believes playmaker Hazard would be almost impossible to replace if he completes his expected £100milion summer exit to the Spanish giants.
Hoddle thinks the Blues would still be a top-four club without Hazard – but says the 28-year-old-s departure would be a “big concern”.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder told TSN: “Chelsea will get into the Champions League, whether Hazard will be there with them.
“I feel it might be the right time for him personally, not for Chelsea or the Premier League, but for him to go to Real Madrid if that offer is there on the table for him.
“He deserves to play in that team. They’ve got a re-build going on as well… I’ve got a feeling he might move.”
But Hoddle admitted the Blues are reliant on Belgium superstar Hazard for inspiration.
The 61-year-old said: “Chelsea, at the moment, there’s something missing but without Hazard in the team and all the hope [goes].
“You take him away from that team at the moment and you’ve got a massive hole to fill.
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“Can you fill it? Probably not. And it’s a real big concern for Chelsea at the moment.
“They’re at a crossroads. With their owner, the new stadium not coming, there’s a lot of players coming to the end of their contracts, the transfer embargo as well.
“All these things are not positive… But I think they’ll end up in fourth spot.”