Former Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has suggested that Eden Hazard’s potential move to Real Madrid is because the Chelsea talisman wants to make a name for himself at an iconic club.
Only last week, Eden Hazard revealed that it would be his ‘dream’ to play for La Liga giants Real Madrid in his career. Despite the absence of his childhood idol Zinedine Zidane at the club’s helm, the playmaker was open to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu still as the potential heir to Cristiano Ronaldo’s legend at the Spanish capital.
And although Real Madrid does have the financial capability to pay for Eden Hazard’s transfer fee as well as his massive wage demands, former Scottish international Paul Lambert believes that none of those factors matter.
Size Of The Football Club Matters- Lambert
Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports football earlier this week, the 49-year-old was asked whether Hazard’s move to Real Madrid could be because of any high wage demands but the ex-Borussia Dortmund star denied those claims. Lambert explained that Real Madrid or Barcelona are massive clubs and any player would undoubtedly choose to play under them,
He said, “The problem you’ve got is Real Madrid, that’s a problem you have, “I don’t care who you are or what type of footballer you are, if Barcelona or Real Madrid get mentioned, you think ‘how good would it be to play at that level or that iconic football club?’ I don’t think it’s monetary or anything like that. It’s the size of the football club that you could potentially be walking into.”
Lambert went on to justify that the 27-year-old Hazard is good enough to play for the Champions League winners, “If he went into Real Madrid tomorrow, I wouldn’t wake up tomorrow and say ‘that’s a surprise’ – that’s how good he is.”
I have to agree with Paul Lambert because Eden Hazard would have the opportunity to get a bumper wage rise if he demanded it from Chelsea. However, the honor to play for a club like Real Madrid will keep your name recorded in history books for years together.