Hiddink: Hazard future up to Chelsea, but he’s key

Date published: Sunday 31st January 2016 9:30

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Guus Hiddink does not expect to have a say in Eden Hazard’s future but believes he will prove his value to Chelsea once fully fit again. 

Hazard last year signed a five-and-a-half year contract extension, but his future has been subject to conjecture after an indifferent season without a club goal.

Hiddink insisted any decisions over the Belgian’s future were not his to make, but he envisages Hazard will soon rediscover his form.

“It’s up the club, but he’s a very important player,” Hiddink said.

“When he gets his rhythm back – and I hope fully in the upcoming weeks – then he’s of big value to Chelsea.

“He is eager to perform, but the physical fitness must be there.”

Hazard last season was valued at £200m by Mourinho and compared with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the consistency of performance still appears to be lacking.

Hiddink said: “He’s young. He has three, four, five years still to come. He has proved he can be one of the biggest.

“For the club, beautiful times can come up from him, and on top of that there is a Euros coming up. It’s a beautiful period.”

Another player that has not enjoyed the success he would have liked this season is Radamel Falcao, who has scored one goal for Chelsea and has been out since October with a thigh problem.

Hiddink wants the former Colombia striker, who is on loan from Monaco, to give him a selection dilemma once he returns to fitness, following the arrival of Alexandre Pato.

“We have to help him to get back to what he once was – as a striker who scores lots of goals,” Hiddink added.

“Hopefully I will have problems to pick my striker, or the second striker, or third striker, or who I put in the stands for the game.

“I hope to have that problem as soon as possible.”

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