Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink wants Eden Hazard to focus on form amid PSG comments
The Belgian will be looking prove himself in the Champions League against the French club
Guus Hiddink has been clear in his instructions to Hazard by saying he wants the midfielder to first think about proving himself at the club before considering moves away. Hazard has recovered for a recent injury but his form has been a concern throughout the season.
The manager knows his importance to the team and wants the Belgian to focus on his training. Hazard recently stated that he would find it difficult to turn down clubs like PSG or Real Madrid, which has only led to speculation about his future at Stamford bridge.
When asked about the situation Hiddink said, “Well, he has a contract that he extended but first he must get fit and show he is a top player and then for Chelsea, which is a top club, he can be of huge value. In the near future, there will be more speculation about who is coming here or who is going but I don’t go into that.”
The PFA player of last year is still yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League with his only goal this season coming against MK Dons in the FA Cup. Hazard’s main goal remains to win the Champions League which is why Chelsea might find it difficult to keep hold of the player if a Madrid or PSG come calling.
When asked about Chelsea’s game aginst PSG Hiddink said, "PSG have big targets to win the Champions League and, step by step, they have gathered a reputation and are very serious about becoming one of the biggest teams in Europe, so this challenge, I can understand. But it is a different league."
Hiddink also said that despite PSG being a big club he doesn't consider France to be the biggest league saying, "France is not a bad league but this team are now ahead [of second-placed Monaco] by 24 points. For me, I think big, big, big players always like to be in the biggest league, which is the Premier League, La Liga and also the Bundesliga”.
PSG tie is crucial for Champions League qualification next season
Chelsea are currenlty12th in the league and look unlikely of finishing in the top 4. Therefore, their only realistic chance to feature in the competition next season is to win it this year.
Hiddink is aware of the task in hand but he knows the importance of winning silverware as well saying, “We have a key week but, even if you have a dreadful result in Paris, it’s a two-leg tie. We desperately desire the chance to go through to the next round but also we must take into consideration the game with Manchester City.”
“This club will always go for silverware but, on the other hand, we know this year is very complicated for Chelsea. It’s not realistic to think you can get fourth place.”
Chelsea will travel to Paris for their first leg on Tuesday night.