Eden Hazard could leave Chelsea for £50 million according to reports but would it be such a bad thing if the Belgian moved on to pastures new?
It's one of the worst feelings for a football fan when your club has possession of a hot property and then he ends up in the departure lounge but quite often, it's actually better to sell a player too early than missing your chance and selling for a cut-price just a few weeks or months later .
In the past few years, Eden Hazard has proven himself in English football and he's shown he can be one of the best players in the world on his day but this season has been nothing short of a hopeless campaign for the Belgian, with no league goals to date.
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The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has been the subject of interest from PSG in the past and with Chelsea appointing Italian Antonio Conte last week, speculation has resurfaced as the incoming manager's need to rebuild the Blues' squad next season is evident.
In January, it was suggested that Chelsea slapped a massive £80 million price tag on last season's PFA Player of the Year but according to the Sun, Chelsea could cash-in and accept a £50 million fee when Antonio Conte takes the reigns in the summer.
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It's important to point out that Chelsea's dreadful season isn't solely down to Hazard, it can be difficult, even for the best players, to shine in a very poor team and Chelsea have been a very poor team for the most part of this season.
Having said that, it seems Hazard has lost something and whether it's his confidence or passion, Chelsea can't afford to give him too many more chances if they are going to compete at the highest level.
The Stamford Bridge-based outfit have never been afraid to cash-in on hot properties with David Luiz leaving for a massive £50 million, Romelu Lukaku for £28 million and Ramires for in excess of £20 million - Eden Hazard should be no exception.
The Blues have been a team devoid of confidence this season and when that happens, it can be important to rip up the foundations to rebuild a squad with a healthy attitude.
If Conte gets that opportunity, he should certainly take it because, while it may not bring instant success, it could bring a long-term sustainable legacy.
As well as for the team's and club's financial benefit - Conte is among a handful of top managers you really don't want to get on the wrong side of - regardless of your reputation. The Italian tends to have the final say and if Hazard continues to play without any passion he may well be shown the exit.
Hazard's current contract is set to expire in 2020 which gives Chelsea the flexibility to wait for the right price - meaning they can use those funds to buy players better suited to Conte's style.
The 25-year-old Belgian may stay at Stamford Bridge and he may rediscover his fine form under Antonio Conte next season but there seems to be more benefits than drawbacks to letting him leave. He's not irreplaceable and Chelsea could come out the other side a much stronger team.
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