Paul Merson says Chelsea should take Eden Hazard back even after injury troubles

Chelsea would jump at the chance to re-sign Eden Hazard, according to Paul Merson.

The Belgian left Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, but his time in Spain has been clouded by a spate of injury problems.

“Chelsea would take him back,” Merson said in his latest Daily Star Sport column. “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.”

Hazard scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and two Europa League crowns, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup.

Interest in the winger from around Europe was high throughout his time in west London, and Real Madrid paid €100m for him two years ago – making him their most expensive signing ever.

But Hazard played just 16 times in La Liga last season as Real won the title, with a foot injury disrupting the Belgian’s debut campaign.

The 30-year-old has also spent most of this campaign on the sidelines with a muscle injury, playing just nine times in the league.

In total, Hazard has only played 36 games for Real Madrid and scored four goals across all competitions.

However, he is expected to be back fit for their mouth-watering Champions League semi-final against former club Chelsea – with the first leg on April 27.

Yet Merson does not anticipate Hazard playing a prominent role in the tie.

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  • “I’d be surprised if he plays when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals,” the former Arsenal star added. “He’s hardly played all season.

    “Why would you change the team that beat Liverpool so comfortably? The wingers were both electric.”

    The Sky Sports pundit insists there is no doubt over Hazard’s ability, but suggests his Real Madrid career was doomed after he failed to make an initial impact in Spain.

    “If Hazard ever gets back to the form he was in at Chelsea, he can cause havoc,” Merson said. “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.”

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