EDEN HAZARD is not in the same league as Lionel Messi and Chelsea need to temper their expectations of him.
Those are the thoughts of former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley.
Getty Images – Getty Eden Hazard (right) has been Chelsea’s standout player this season (Getty Images)
Hazard – who has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers over the past several seasons – has already bagged 16 goals in the Premier League this term and supplied 13 assists.
The mercurial Belgian star’s long-term future has been the source of constant debate and Real Madrid are long-term admirers.
Sunsport exclusively revealed that the 28-year-old has been offered a huge £400,000-a-week AFTER TAX to sign for the Bernabeu giants.
In the meantime, Hazard has often carried the Blues’ hopes on his shoulders, although their top four charge was halted by a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley on Monday.
HE’S NO MESSI
Hazard has sometimes been spoken of in the same breath as Barcelona superstar Messi.
But Burley doesn’t think he will can get anywhere near close to replicating the Argentine’s extraordinary stats in front of goal.
He said on ESPNFC: “The trouble with Chelsea is the Plan A, B and C is get the ball to Eden Hazard.
“When A fails it’s get the ball to Eden Hazard, when that fails it’s still the same – get the ball to Eden Hazard.
“Everybody’s sort of waiting on this guy who has had a good season, but is carrying so much weight on his shoulders of quite a few that haven’t performed consistently.
“He’s not Messi. He’s a great player, a very good player, but you can’t rely on him to get the 40 goals a season.
“So others have to take control and take responsibility and I just think too often it’s like ‘he’ll dig us out the hole, he’ll dig us out a result’.”
Meanwhile, Hazard was omitted from the PFA Team of the Year while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba was given the nod.
Eden Hazard has been offered a mega £400,000 a week AFTER TAX to join Real Madrid