Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been hailed as the ‘best player in the Premier League’. Sky Sports’ Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were full of praise for the Belgian.
The winger scored two fantastic goals against West Ham to send the Blues third. Hazard has been linked with a £100million move to Real Madrid in the past year.
The 28-year-old scored a fantastic solo effort to give Chelsea the lead in the first half at Stamford Bridge before sealing all three points with a second minutes before the full-time whistle.
Both Neville and Carragher were full of praise for the Belgian following the game before claiming that he needs to move to Real Madrid to take his game to the next level.
Hazard has recently been linked with a £100million move to Real with the Blues’ talisman entering the final year of his contract this summer.
When asked about Hazard’s performance, Carragher insisted that a move to Spain would benefit his career.
Carragher said: ‘I almost feel Eden [Hazard] has to play at that level [with Real Madrid]. He’s too good for Chelsea at this time. He’s that good a player.
‘When Luis Suarez was at Liverpool and he was linked with Arsenal, me and Steven Gerrard said to him: “You’re too good for Arsenal”. With Eden at Chelsea, he’s too good. He needs a club like Real Madrid on his CV.’
The former Liverpool defender continued: ‘He’s the best player in the league. In co-commentary, sometimes you say things you don’t mean and I’ve said before that he was the best player in the league.
‘People then say: “But what about [Raheem] Sterling, [Leroy] Sane and [Mohamed] Salah. But over a four or five-year period, I think Hazard is. I don’t necessarily think the person who has scored the most goals is the best player but Hazard does things that others can’t do.
‘People talk about players like Sane, [Sadio] Mane, Salah – who can score goals like that? You can’t take the ball off Hazard.’
Carragher’s Sky Sports pundit Neville also believes Hazard has been up there as the league’s best player along with Manchester City’s David Silva.
He said: ‘For purity, and pure football, when your five, six, seven years old, he is the best player to watch along with David Silva. It’s like poetry.
‘The way they carry themselves on and off the pitch, it’s an absolute joy. For me, them two [Hazard and Silva], I can’t separate them but it’s a joy to watch them both.’
The result sees Chelsea leapfrog London rivals Tottenham into third having played a game more than Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Meanwhile, the onform talisman has rejected speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
Recent reports in Spain have suggested Hazard is closing in on a big-money move to the Spanish giants, where he will reportedly sign a six-year contract.
Chelsea’s talisman produced a stirring display to lead his side up to third in the Premier League with a brace, including a stunning first-half solo effort.
However, when asked about the West Ham fans’ chanting that he was heading to Real Madrid, the midfielder said: ‘They are wrong.
‘Now I’m just focused with Chelsea until the end of the season. I just want to finish top four, Europa League, we still have a lot to do and then we’ll see.
‘Now we have got good momentum. We have won three games in a row and for the mentality it’s good to keep going like that. Top four is our target and Europa League is our target.’
Hazard described his first goal as ‘something special’ and said he was difficult to stop when running with the ball into the penalty area.
‘It was just something special,’ the Belgian told Sky Sports. ‘I took the ball and when I can go forward I try to go forward and then when I’m in the box it’s hard for the defender to challenge me because if they touch me, it’s maybe a penalty. I think I was a bit lucky at the end when I shot, but it was a good goal to be fair.’
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