Hazard leaving Chelsea? – Star set to go after top four failure

After a performance that has been heavily criticised by pundits, Chelsea’s loss to Manchester City has made finishing in the top four look extremely unlikely for the Blues. Champions League football is a must for attracting and keeping top players. Missing out could be a catalyst for Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea.

The Belgian is arguably one of the best players to represent the club. Since joining in the summer of 2012 he has been a key performer for Chelsea. But the possibility of him staying with the Blues for the long haul has been constantly questioned.

Hazard has made no secret of his admiration for current Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid. The temptation for any player to pull on that famous white shirt is enough to worry adoring fans that their current favourites could move at any time.

This summer seems the most likely yet that Hazard leaving Chelsea is a real possibility. Hazard is yet to pen a new deal. Now he may be looking to move on after six seasons in the capital.

When taking a look at Hazard’s Chelsea stats, his potential departure is a major concern for the club.

Is Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea?

It’s easy to see how influential Hazard is for Chelsea. He has been directly involved in 160 goals in his 287 games in all competitions. His two Premier League titles, Europa League and League Cup is an impressive haul of trophies so far.

Hazard has successfully completed 940 dribbles in the Premier League and European competitions since joining Chelsea. That is bettered by Lionel Messi (1045), but not Cristiano Ronaldo (388) or Neymar (861).

Hazard leaving Chelsea – Title defence failure

Although City have taken the league by storm this season, Chelsea’s title defence has been poor to say the least. It’s the second title defence in a row where Chelsea have not been up to the races.

For Hazard to continue his growth as a player and to be recognised as one of the elite he needs to be winning or challenging consistently for a league title every season. That is not happening for him at Chelsea, which will be increasing his frustrations.

Hazard leaving Chelsea – New challenge & Ballon d’Or

A new challenge may be on the Belgian’s mind. As mentioned, he has been with Chelsea for six seasons now. In the modern game longevity is becoming a less frequent feature of a career.

At 27, Hazard is now in his prime years and he arguably has six seasons at left in him at the very top of his game. He will want to be challenging to win the Ballon d’Or year-on-year during that time. While Messi and Ronaldo are still dominating European stats, Hazard is a name that is constantly thrown into the ring for those who are expected to hit the highest levels.

Winning the Ballon d’Or while playing in the Premier League is not a very frequent occurrence. The last time it happened was in 2001. So even with the domination of Messi and Ronaldo from 2008 onwards – it seems unlikely for anything to change any time soon.

Hazard leaving Chelsea – Champions League desire

Winning the Champions League is at the top of the list for every player in Europe. Hazard is facing the prospect of not playing in the competition for the second time in just three seasons. While Chelsea are still in the current round of the competition, they aren’t being backed by many to advance.

His desire to win the competition is natural. It’s all to apparent how difficult it is to win the Champions League while playing with the pressure of what is known as the toughest league in the world.

While doing no discredit to the strength of the remainder of Europe’s top leagues, they are seen as easier routes to having a better chance of winning the Champions League, which may be a factor in Hazard’s decision to move on.

Is Hazard leaving Chelsea this summer?

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Chelsea and Arsenal stars want Kaka to join but Orlando is his home

Brazilian star Kaka has only played three games for MLS Expansion Franchise Orlando City SC but admits that his Premier League pals would love him to play in England.

However, the 32-year-old playmaker is the highest-paid player in MLS and is loving his time in Orlando – his new home, and has no plans to move on anytime soon.

Kaka is good friends with Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil as well as Chelsea‘s Brazilian trio of Felipe Luis, Oscar and Willian and has revealed that they would all love to play with him in the Premier League.

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“They joke with me saying, ‘Come and play for Chelsea or Arsenal’ but I am so happy here in Orlando,” Kaka said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Kaka has a three-year contract with Orlando City and has no plans to leave his new team. However, he did have some high praise for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, whom he worked under at Real Madrid.

“His ambition for victory sets Mourinho apart. He wants to win every game, so he prepares all the smallest details; in training, at the game, everything. I loved to work with him.

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“He tries everything to extract the best from the players, to push them. This is what he can do better than anyone else.

“I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Mourinho, he is one of the best coaches in the world.”

Kaka was the world’s greatest player back in 2007 as he beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or – the award that Messi and Ronaldo have dominated since, and the Orlando City captain takes great pride from his triumph over two of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

“I won the Ballon d’Or and World Player of Year against Cristiano and Messi,” he said. “They win it every year now, but I could beat them back then. For me that’s important because I had the best opponents. I’m proud when I see that.”

Kaka’s illustrious career is something few will forget and just because he has made the move to Major League Soccer doesn’t mean he’s taken his foot off the pedal.

It’s quite the opposite in fact. Kaka scored the Lions’ first-ever MLS goal in the 1-1 draw against New York City FC at the start of the month and wants to win trophies with Orlando City.

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At the same time, he has his eyes on the 2018 World Cup in Russia and won’t rule out taking part in the tournament he won with Brazil in 2002 once again.

“It is in three-and-a-half years and if Dunga needs me I’ll be ready to play in the national team. It is a real motivation for me.”

Would Kaka still be able to shine in the Premier League? Should he end his career in MLS with Orlando?

Arsenal star aspires to be regarded as the world’s best

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is hungry for success and wants to better his career achievements already acquired by one day winning the Ballon d’Or.

The 26-year-old playmaker has come in for criticism for some below-par performances by his usual high-standards, but admits his desire for success hasn’t changed.

“When I was a kid I dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or. I still have that dream,” Ozil said in an interview with German newspaper, Express.

His critics claim he isn’t providing enough for the side and claim his lack of goals will stop him ever being compared to the world’s greatest stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but Ozil disagrees.

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“I have nothing to prove to them. I do not have a big ego. It is more important for me to create goals for others than to score them for myself.

“I don’t need to score goals to be happy. Assists are what make me happy.”

The German international has featured in 14 Premier League games so far this season, scoring just three times, but he has created 35 chances with five assists so far.

He claims to be training as hard as he ever has done and added: “My body is more stable, I feel fresher. And you need that strength in England.”

Ozil missed out on the UEFA Team of the Year for the first time in three years in 2014 but few can question his underlying talent. It is now a case of showing that talent on a regular basis.

Ozil will have to perform at his highest ability to fend off those who have criticised his move to Arsenal and he must now replicate the form and passion he showed when at Real Madrid.