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Didier Drogba: ‘Eden Hazard is a Chelsea legend no matter what’

By William Eldridge

Published: 11:49, 30 March 2019

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is already a club “legend”, according to former Blues centre-forward Didier Drogba. 

The Belgian international has been regularly linked with a move away from the club with Spanish giants Real Madrid reportedly interested in signing the playmaker.

Is Hazard a Chelsea legend? Five things to know…

  1. Chelsea signed Hazard in 2012 from Lille for £32m, shortly after winning the Champions League.
  2. The Belgian has made 339 appearances for the Blues, scoring 105 goals, averaging a goal every 3.2 games.
  3. He has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup during his spell at Stamford Bridge.
  4. His contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 campaign and many see Hazard leaving for Real Madrid.
  5. But Drogba believes Hazard is a Blues legend regardless of what he decides to do.

Speaking to reporters about the effect Hazard has had on Chelsea, fellow Blues favourite Drogba stated that the talented playmaker has already established himself as one of the best players in the club’s history.

Drogba, himself widely considered one of the greatest players in Premier League history, told Goal: “He is a legend [regardless of what happens], look at what he achieved in six years at the club. He won the league twice, won the FA Cup, won Player of the Year. We are talking about Eden Hazard. Please!

“He brought something that we hadn’t seen for such a long time. The closest I can bring to him if I compare, if I may, is [Gianfranco] Zola. The talent to dribble, to make the difference and dribble one-versus-one. That’s him.”

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“He has become more clinical”

Drogba went into greater detail on Hazard as he heaped praise upon the Chelsea man, who has developed from a promising young star into a world-class talent.

His performances week in, week out, for the Blues has seen his stock rise in world football, hence the reported attention from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

The former Ivory Coast forward is in awe of Hazard’s work-ethic and expectation to succeed. He continued: “He has become more clinical.

“It comes with age as well. He is very efficient and I am really happy to see that. He is leading the team, carrying the team on his shoulders and he is doing that well.

“He is someone who has got very high expectations of himself and his team-mates because he wants to win. Sometimes this pushes you to do a little bit more to do well because you want your team-mates to get to your level.

“This happens sometimes, but the more he plays in these big games, he reads the game better.”

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