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Chelsea have been told to do whatever it takes to keep Eden Hazard at the club.
That is the message from former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins.
Despite missing the start of the season, Hazard has been at his mercurial best with 15 goals in 35 appearances.
But rumours linking Hazard with a move to Real Madrid refuse to go away, especially as no agreement has been reached over a new contract.
Hazard and Chelsea have been in talks for several months and with the Belgian’s current deal ending in 2020, the prospect of him wanting to leave is a concern.
And Wilkins believes Hazard’s importance to Chelsea is such that he deserves to be talked about in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Wilkins told Sky Sports: ”I couldn’t even think of it to be perfectly honest. We’ve got to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge.
“There’s lots of people who pay lots of money to go and watch Chelsea play.
“You’ve got to keep the best players there and Hazard is one of the best. He’s one of the best in the world.
“Special players who can just change games in a flash – you’ve got [Cristiano] Ronaldo, you’ve got [Lionel] Messi and you’ve got Hazard.
“He’s a joy to watch.