Paul Merson is convinced Chelsea’s wouldn’t think twice about bringing Eden Hazard back to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity presented itself.
The Belgian enjoyed a glittering seven-year spell at Chelsea in which he helped fire the club to two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, one FA Cup and a League Cup. In the summer of 2019, Hazard made the switch to Real Madrid in a deal worth €100million but a string of injuries have halted his progress in Spain.
The 30-year-old has managed four goals and seven assists in a total of just 36 games for the La Liga club and last year, he admitted his debut season at Madrid was the ‘worst’ of his career.
With Chelsea set to face Zinedine Zidane’s side in the Champions League semi-finals, Hazard could play against his former club for the first time since he departed.
The winger recently returned to full training after his latest injury setback and has only played once since January.
However, former Arsenal winger Merson believes Chelsea would take Hazard back in a heartbeat.
‘Eden Hazard could miss out on a reunion with Chelsea even if he’s fit – but they would take him back like a shot,’ Merson told the Daily Star.
‘I’d be surprised if he plays when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League semi finals.
He’s hardly played all season. ‘And why would you change the team that beat Liverpool so comfortably? The wingers were both electric. ‘If Hazard ever gets back to the form he was in at Chelsea, he can cause havoc. But I just don’t see it.
‘Sometimes you need to start well when you make a big move and he didn’t, and it’s all gone downhill for him.
‘But Chelsea would take him back. No doubt. Before he left, he was on a different planet.
‘It’s sad to see him not doing it in Madrid. But they brought him in to replace Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals and he was never going to do that. ‘You wish Chelsea had a clause where they could take him back because you would do that all day long to see him back in the Premier League.’