Bolo Zenden has insisted that Eden Hazard must leave Chelsea if he is to be considered one of the world’s greatest year in and year out.
The former Blues midfielder believes a switch to either Barcelona or Real Madrid would do just that and will give the Belgian talisman the best chance of securing his first ever Ballon d’Or award.
While Zenden may want the 27-year-old to stay at Stamford Bridge, he is fully aware that it may be the time for him to make that next step in his career.
‘It will be hard for Chelsea to keep him, with Barcelona, Real ¬Madrid and Paris Saint¬Germain around,’ Zenden told the Mirror.
‘He needs a move to ¬Barcelona or Madrid to be up there, classed with the best in the world.
‘Yes, he has done it in England. But with that platform of having played for the likes of ¬Barcelona or Real, that is what they look for when they decide the player of the year.’
While Zenden believes Hazard should make the move to progress in his career, he doesn’t think it’ll be easy to buy the Belgium international considering the huge inflation in prices for players in recent years.
‘If you see Neymar going for £198million, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo around £100m, then he will be up there as one of the biggest fees in history – and he should be.
‘It’s vital for them to keep him. He has incredible quality, he is a happy chap to have around the place, a ¬brilliant professional and good in the dressing room. All in all, he is just ¬a ¬really good guy, as well as being a great player.’
Hazard has been a revelation since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival this summer and he has scored seven goals in eight games this campaign, earning him September’s Player of the Month award.
The forward is also in the running for this year’s Ballon d’Or award along with Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.