Time for Belgian forward step up to a new challenge, suggests Marc Wilmots.
Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots has advised Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea and pursue a career with Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG have been linked with a move for the Belgian international, as well as his Chelsea midfield partner Oscar, in the summer transfer window.
Hazard has been Chelsea’s most consistent performer this season, scoring 14 goals in 33 Premier league matches and a further three in Europe.
However, Belgium boss Wilmots believes a move to PSG would take his game to another level. Although given that Chelsea knocked the big-spending French club out of the Champions League on Tuesday, it is unclear whether that level would be up or down.
The Belgian star limped off after 18 minutes against PSG, which the Blues won 2-0 to advance to the Champions League semi-finals.
When Hazard was replaced, PSG coach Laurent Blanc shook hands with the player.
“It’s an opportunity to be taken into serious consideration if he wants to be part of the category of players who make the difference,” Wilmots told French TV.
“It’s time to raise his level. Hazard and Ibrahimovic are two different players – but highly complementary.”