Eden Hazard: Christian Benteke's Real Madrid Comments Should Worry Chelsea Fans

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea  looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 23, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Chelsea fans could not be happier with the start of Eden Hazard's tenure in Stamford Bridge, but there won't be any smiles in London after these latest comments.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke told Daily Mail just before his club's clash with Chelsea that Hazard has dreams of joining Real Madrid and could possibly do so within a year.

Benteke's comments are below.

I am not surprised at Eden’s success with Chelsea — and he can do even better. He has the qualities needed to become an even greater player.

His dream is to join Real Madrid — so I don’t see why he can’t join them in a year or two.

Chelsea fans should be concerned about these latest comments from the 22-year-old, because Benteke has close ties with Hazard. The two have been Belgian teammates ever since youth league.

Additionally, Hazard and Benteke play alongside each other on Belgium's national team.

Chelsea paid a stiff price for Hazard just months ago (a massive £32 million, to be exact), and his departure from the Blues could set the club back as they're already bracing for Frank Lampard's exit. 

Hazard's meteoric rise at Lille seemed to continue immediately upon entering the English side, and Chelsea's certainly bracing for Hazard to be their franchise player. After a £32 million fee, you'd imagine he would be.

There's no doubt that Chelsea is a top-flight club and one that will vie for Premier League titles as long as Hazard is there. But you can't deny the royalty that comes with Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona.

In today's generation, being on Madrid or Barca is the best way to become the world's greatest player. Just ask Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. The EPL is loaded with elite players such as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, but there's nothing like being the star on a Spanish giant.

Hazard also has to be looking at the success of Messi, who boasts an almost identical size and skill set. Like Messi, Hazard is 5'7" and his best attributes are dribbling and utilizing his low center of gravity to get past opponents. 

A Hazard-to-Madrid move makes a lot of sense for both the player and the club, which should make Chelsea fans worry.


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