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Real Madrid would not suit Eden Hazard’s personality and he’d be better staying at Chelsea, says Michael Ballack

Real Madrid have made no secret of their wish to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard but Michael Ballack believes move to Bernabeu wouldn’t suit Hazard’s personality,
Hazard has enjoyed an excellent season under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge

Michael Ballack has cautioned Chelsea star Eden Hazard against a move to Real Madrid this summer, saying he wouldn’t feel comfortable if he wasn’t the main man in the team.
The Spanish giants have made no secret of their ambition to make the 26-year-old Belgian playmaker their next Galactico and are prepared to smash the £100million barrier to sign him.
But former Chelsea midfielder Ballack believes it wouldn’t suit Hazard’s personality to play second fiddle to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.

Eden Hazard has rediscovered his form under manager Antonio Conte’s guidance this season

He said: ‘At Real Madrid, if you see the players there, it would be a very different position for him.
‘He is a bit of an introverted player, not a player who talks a lot. He is an emotional player, who needs support and needs to feel really comfortable with everything, with his private life, with the coach and with the team.
‘With Chelsea right now, he is the top player, he knows what he has and he lives in a fantastic city.

The Belgian has been instrumental in establishing the seven-point at the top of the league

He has to decide whether to be the key player for the next 1-2 years, to lead Chelsea in the Champions League, or decide if he wants to give that up for Real Madrid.
‘In football facts, he is in a good position [at Chelsea] and he won’t have this standing at many other clubs in Europe.’
Hazard has enjoyed an excellent season after rediscovering his best form under coach Antonio Conte and has been instrumental in establishing the seven-point lead Chelsea have at the top of the Premier League ahead of Wednesday night’s visit of Manchester City.
Hazard’s contribution of 11 Premier League goals and five assists is second only to that of Diego Costa, who has 17 goals.
And Ballack, who spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 2006 and 2010 and was speaking on behalf of BT Sport, believes Chelsea need to cling on to the Spanish striker for as long as possible.

He has to decide whether to be the key player for the next 1-2 years, to lead Chelsea in the Champions League, or decide if he wants to give that up for Real Madrid.
‘In football facts, he is in a good position [at Chelsea] and he won’t have this standing at many other clubs in Europe.’
Hazard has enjoyed an excellent season after rediscovering his best form under coach Antonio Conte and has been instrumental in establishing the seven-point lead Chelsea have at the top of the Premier League ahead of Wednesday night’s visit of Manchester City.
Hazard’s contribution of 11 Premier League goals and five assists is second only to that of Diego Costa, who has 17 goals.
And Ballack, who spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 2006 and 2010 and was speaking on behalf of BT Sport, believes Chelsea need to cling on to the Spanish striker for as long as possible.

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has warned Hazard against a move to Real Madrid

He said: This kind of player is a leader, he can change games when you have a difficult situation. We have seen it a lot this season when you have tight games, he steps up and does something unpredictable.
‘Of course, he is not an easy player to handle, he is not for everyone and not easy to handle for the coach, but so far they have done really well.
‘From a performance point of view, when I look at what Chelsea need, they should not sell him because there are not many centre-forwards who can play that style.
‘He can hold the ball, he can turn, he makes long runs of maybe 50 or 60 metres into the box. Maybe [Robert] Lewandowski at Bayern, but there are not too many of this kind of player.
‘I don’t see a replacement for him right now, so I would say keep him.’
Chelsea surprise 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday has given chasers Tottenham a small flicker of encouragement and, if Chelsea lose again to City and Tottenham win at Swansea, the gap will be down to just four points.
But Ballack doesn’t see Conte’s team blowing the title from such a strong position now.

He said: ‘To lose a game over such a long season is just normal to me. They are stable enough to handle that situation and they are seven points ahead, so are in a comfortable situation. This defeat now will not affect them.
‘Conte was the right candidate and he has proved everyone right that he is a fantastic coach. Also, adapting to the Premier League, which is a totally new and different football to the clubs he trained and played, that shows a big strength and he has made a big step in his career.
‘But you have to say that Chelsea didn’t play European football this season and the expectation for the whole club is to be successful in the Champions League next year.
‘We will see how he handles the league and the Champions League, which is a lot of games and more pressure than this season.’

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