Having been peppered with rumours of a potential departure from Chelsea all season long, Eden Hazard's comments regarding Paris Saint-Germain last week only added fuel to the fire.
And with the Belgian struggling so much this season, leaving the club may seem the logical move. The 25-year-old’s Premier League tenure has stalled in spectacular fashion and staying at Stamford Bridge may simply put the brakes on his career.
Indeed, PSG appears the most likely destination and although a move remains unlikely, Hazard would be unwise to not consider a transfer at the very least.
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The ex-Lille winger told Le Parisien: "It's hard to say no to PSG, as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League.
"Now, PSG are part of this category. And for me, winning the Champions League is the main objective. But for now, I do not dwell on it."
Chelsea are yet to respond to these comments but there can be little doubting the club won’t be happy. It seems Hazard has gone out of his way to chip in with a minor jab at the Blues’ withering chances of Champions League football in 2016/17.
Above all, however, the move appears nothing but beneficial for Hazard.
Despite a managerial change over the winter period, the Belgium international has continued to falter in the Premier League with not a single goal since May in the competition. It’s becoming ever-apparent that English football may no longer be cut out for the him.
Whilst Hazard may well experience a resurgence next season, the chance to play with world-class footballers such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic - depending on whether he extends his stay - and Angel di Maria may prove too good of an opportunity to miss.
In addition, Hazard’s mercurial talent is undoubtedly worthy of the Champions League. A footballer’s career is short and the Belgian might not want to risk a period away from European football.
Chelsea are unlikely to let their 2014/15 talisman go, but if PSG test the water, then Hazard may attempt to force through a move.
The prospect of Champions League football, a less physical league, a star-studded supply line and whopping wages makes a move to PSG a very appetising prospect for Hazard. If the winger continues to falter in west London, it may swiftly transpire into a logical move.
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