Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has called on the London club to allow Eden Hazard his dream move to Real Madrid.
The Derby manager played with Hazard at Stamford Bridge for two seasons, winning the Europa League in that time, and he believes the Belgian deserves to have his wishes granted after giving his all to the club.
Real are in negotiations to buy Hazard, who has one year left on his Chelsea contract, and a transfer fee of €100million (£86m) has been reported.
Hazard has told Chelsea’s board of his desire to move to Madrid to work with Zinedine Zidane.
Lampard said: ‘The signs are that he might be leaving, it seems, if the clubs can agree on that and if that’s what the player wants.
‘I would certainly say the seven years he has been at Chelsea he’s elevated himself to one of the great players in their history, without a doubt, in terms of what he’s done on the pitch.
‘It would be a shame for the Premier League and for Chelsea to lose him. But we have to also understand the individual’s wants and desires on the pitch.
‘I know Eden and I like him and I would go by what he wants to do.
‘He’s a great player. He’s been one of the best players in the world for a long time now.’