Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s personal stance on Eden Hazard transfer return explained

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's personal stance on Eden Hazard transfer return explained

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has adopted a personal stance when it comes to any potential Eden Hazard return, according to reports. The Blues are being linked with a stunning return for the Belgium international amid his struggles at Real Madrid. Yet a blockbuster move back to Stamford Bridge is far from certain.

Chelsea won the Champions League last term, while also finishing fourth in the Premier League table and reaching the FA Cup final.

But, while that’s the case, they’re looking to bolster their squad this summer.

As things stand, Erling Haaland is Chelsea’s top target. Having scored 40 goals for Borussia Dortmund, Roman Abramovich is eager to bring him to west London.

The problem is, however, that Dortmund don’t want to sell the 21-year-old. Especially after already losing Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.

With that being the case, Chelsea are being linked with a move for Hazard.

Yet Spanish newspaper AS say Tuchel is ‘in no hurry’ to sign another winger, due to the fact he already has Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech at his disposal.

Instead, it seems Chelsea’s interest stems from the board.

It’s claimed the Blues are indeed open to welcoming the Belgium international back to the club, two years after he quit for a move to Spain.

Real, for their part, would be happy to do business. They want as much money as they can this summer, with club president Florentino Perez targeting Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

They want a fee in the region of £52m for the forward, despite previously spending close to £100m in 2019.

And whether Chelsea ultimately get Hazard back to the club remains to be seen.

He was a huge hit during his spell at Stamford Bridge, initially joining from Lille back in the summer transfer window of 2012.

The Blues won the Champions League that year and, though Hazard was also wanted by Manchester United, he opted to move to the capital instead.

The 30-year-old scored 110 goals from 352 appearances for the club.

And he also won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two EFL Cup trophies during his time there.

On an individual note, he won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2015.

And he also scooped the Premier League Player of the Season award that same year after propelling the Blues to title glory under Jose Mourinho.

Speaking in May, however, Hazard insisted a return to the Premier League was ‘out of the question.’

He said: “I still have a three-year contract with Real Madrid, so going back to England is out of the question.

“Everyone knows that my first two years were not good, so first I want to prove myself at Real Madrid. I will do everything to do that.

“I certainly don’t see myself leaving Madrid, given the contract situation.

“I know myself and I know when I’m in shape. If that’s the case, I can give it my all for Real next season. That’s my plan.”

In April, Tuchel hailed Hazard.

“He is a top quality player and a key player for many years at this club and this league, the hardest in the world,” Tuchel said.

“So consistent. I have the biggest respect for him. He is a big player, we have many people here who know him well.

“He was a key player for this club now he plays for Real Madrid.”

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